- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Richmond School Board has voted to advance plans for overhauling the system’s outdated facilities.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1oIMbXA ) reports the board voted 5-1 on Tuesday on a revised plan that asks for $105 million more than it had requested from Mayor Dwight C. Jones last week.

Board Chairman Jeff M. Bourne says the board feels it is critical to move forward with the plans.

The plan seeks to provide renovations and additions to Westover Hills Elementary School, fund a new E.S.H. Greene elementary and a 1,500-student capacity Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School.

Bourne and board members Donald L. Coleman, Kristen N. Larson, Kim B. Gray and Dawson Boyer voted for the measure, while Mamie Taylor voted against. Shonda Harris-Muhammed abstained, saying she would need more information before making a decision.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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