Hi there,

I want to make sure you and I are in touch before the SB makes a decision to reopen. Read on for details about the School Board vote to remain virtual/reopen, local indicators, and recent news.

There’s a lot to unpack but here’s what I think:


This week the Richmond Times Dispatch released a list of Paycheck Protection Program grant recipients, an emergency lending program designed to help businesses keep employees on payrolls during the coronavirus pandemic. …


MY EVALUATION PROCESS

As we have all learned, rezoning is not a simple matter. I have spent the last six months listening to the community recording notes from over 500 different individual conversations and emails. I have met with local and national experts on integration and rezoning. I have spent…


Ways to engage, my thoughts on pairing and guidance for our community

I want to check in with the Richmond Community and First District residents regarding the rezoning process. …


Update on changes made to the Student Code of Responsibility and Ethics (S.C.O.R.E.) and why we should care about school dress codes

When my School Board colleague Linda Owen and I met to review RPS’ dress code policy last year we noticed that over two-thirds of the dress code regulations…


Y’all, creating apples to apples comparisons when it comes to school budgeting is hard work! It is difficult when someone cherry picks a number from one source and wants to compare it to another source to make a point. While I understand the inclination, it’s not always that easy. …


THE CUTS:

Q: Why are you cutting materials and supplies.

A: We are NOT cutting materials and supplies the money has just been moved around into other budgets. The math is as follows.

Total “Reduction” Materials and Supplies in School Budgets: ~$900K

Explanation of “Reduction”:

-Offset Amazon Gift Cards Moved to Academics…


Ever since I’ve lived in Richmond, the public narrative has been, “We cannot fund schools until…”

Here’s how it goes — the school board submits a budget, the public says you can’t get funding until …. and RPS gets shortchanged. We’ve been in a crisis of delay for decades and…


Volume 3: P-Cards

Overview: According to the Council on Great City Schools, 80% of transactions that Procurement processes account for less than 20% of the dollars spent. The Purchasing Card (P-Card) is designed to help streamline the procurement and payment processes for small purchases. Most cards are issued with standard…

Liz Doerr

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