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Richmond Schools Face $29 Million Maintenance Shortfall

Richmond Public Schools have $35 million in critical capital improvements needs and only $6 million in the budget. Nearly $20 million goes to HVAC mechanical improvements, $7.5 million for roof improvements, $4.3 million for life, health and safety improvements and $3.5 million for contingency funds.

Thomas Kranz, Assistant Superintendent of Support Services, says the repair needs are not a result of negligence.

The School Board is now trying to prioritize the most crucial problems that need to be tackled and where they can get the biggest bang for their buck. The list of critical improvements does not include the renovation of buildings and bathrooms and replacement of windows.