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Latest School District Rezoning Proposals Impact Westover Hills Elementary and Blackwell Elementary

Parents of RPS student will definitely want to check out the proposed changes impacting your child’s education.

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The Richmond Public Schools are going through a significant rezoning process for the 2020-2021 school year. These changes will impact all levels of education, elementary, middle, and high school. There are three stated goals for this rezoning process, Engage the community, Develop new zones for RPS schools that improve the student experience, Develop a plan for the disposition of vacant and non-instructional (owned/rented) properties, and Update the RPS Facilities Plan based on Goals 1, 2, and 3.

A closer look at the Student Experience goal.

Develop new zones for RPS schools that improve the student experience by:

  • Ensuring safe, equitable, and more timely transportation; and leveraging natural boundaries when possible
  • Increasing student diversity of all kinds within schools
  • Alleviating overcrowding and minimizing, if not eliminating, the use of trailers
  • Planning for future student population trends and future development
  • Expediting student placement in modern facilities after rezoning through a variety of measures including new school construction, as well as potential consolidations and closures (revised)

In the most recent proposal Options, 3 and 4 would move some students from Westover Hills Elementary to Blackwell Elementary.

The latest presentation slide show is here.

The map for Option 3 is on page 14 and option 4 is on page 16 of the above pdf. Below are partial screenshots.

Proposed Option 4

Proposed Option 3

John Murden pointed us to slide 41 of the presentation which breaks down the options and the impact each would have on the various school. Capacity at WHES is 451, with 426 actually enrolled. The changes Options 3 & 4 would drop the enrollment to 366 / 379.

The process is still in the early stages. There are 16 more meetings planned (some concurrently) over the month of August. There are three meetings scheduled for August 13th. The closest is at Georgy Wythe High School at 7 PM.
You can find the full schedule of meetings, an input form, an interactive map, and more at the RPS Rezoning page.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Detour on Buttermilk

The trail will remain the same once the work is completed. They’re just taking care of a ramp that’s seen better days.

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From RVA Trail Report:

ATTENTION: There will be a detour in effect on Buttermilk starting tomorrow and lasting several weeks. The wood and brick ramp just west of the Reedy Creek parking lot is being completely re-built. The detour is well-marked, just follow the yellow arrows and signs. This project is being completely funded by a generous donation to RVA-MORE from an individual who wishes to remain anonymous. Thanks to all to helped make this happen !!

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting on Continental Coming to Manchester

A new restaurant for the Manchester area.

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The Continental Westhampton is a staple for diners on Grove. Eventually, those of us South of the river will have our very own Continental to call our own at 609 Hull Street. Continental brings to the table a diverse menu that you can check out here. I highly recommend the meatloaf.

From the full-article on Richmond BizSense.com:

Giavos said Continental Manchester will be a similar concept to his Continental Westhampton that’s been open for eight years along the Libbie-Grove corridor.

“We decided to take the ‘W’ in Continental Westhampton and flip it upside down for Manchester,” he said.

“It’ll be neighborhood-friendly, accessible, not too expensive. Hopefully it’ll be good for that neighborhood. There are so many young professionals over there, hopefully I can bring something that’s a needed commodity.”

According to the article no date is set for projected opening.

 

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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Belle Isle
Common Name:  Double-crested Cormorant aka Mr. Submariner
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax auritus
Average Length: 28–35 in
Average Wingspan: 45–48 in
Average Weight: 2.6–5.5 lb

Quick Facts

  • When swimming, the bird sits low in the water with its neck and head showing; from there it plunges into the deep to catch fish at depths of up to 25 feet.
  • It can stay submerged for over a minute.
  • After diving, it spends long periods standing with its wings outstretched to allow them to dry, since they are not fully waterproofed.
  • When their eggs hatch after about a month, the adult cormorants will shade the chicks from the sun using their wings.

Rose at Richmond SPCA

Rose is an adorable girl that is looking for just the right home and environment for her. If you’re interested in learning more about Rose please contact the Richmond SPCA adoption center at 804-521-1307 or visit our humane center to meet with an adoption counselor and Rose.

Age: 4 years, 8 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Grey / White
Declawed: No
ID: 31457867

Adopt Rose at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about our adoption process.

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