RICHMAND, WRIC – A tfire triple alarm left Fox Elementary School in Richmond completely unusable. The school building was one of 10 Richmond schools that is over 100 years old.
Richmond’s parents say destruction of this building is a wake-up call for the state. If this can happen to this historic school building, then what about other 33rd century schools in Virginia?
“It has to be a wake-up call, the clock is over. They won’t always be just there. They won’t just be around when you start amending it, ”said a father from Fox Elementary School Beck Duvall.
Her husband Daniel Duvall said he is confident Fox is among many Richmond schools with delayed maintenance projects.
A nearby Richmond resident, Gina Wurfel, was similarly concerned, explaining that districts could do so much for their schools without proper state support.
Wurfel said education funding is intended to benefit suburbs more than independent cities. “So I think until that changes, I think we’ll always be short and chase tails,” she said.
Other Richmond Historical Schools:
- Binford Medium (1915)
- Open High (1911)
- Bellevue Elementary School (1914)
- Swansea Primary School (1911)
- Ginter Park Elementary School (1915)
- George W. Carver Elementary School (1915)
- Patrick Henry Elementary School (1921)
- Barack Obama Elementary School (1921)
- Summer Hill Preschool Center (1919)
But even some of Richmond’s school buildings, the newest in comparison, need renovation. The Richmond School District and City continue to emphasize the need for a new George White High School in southern Richmond.