Petition for More Schools in Henrico County; less redistricting

Petition for More Schools in Henrico County; less redistricting

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Larissa Rodriguez started this petition to Dear School Board Members and County Board of Supervisors

The desired student/teacher ratios for Virginia are 15:1. Henrico publicly post that the average is 18:1, which yes it may be the average. However, many classrooms are well above it at 24-29 student to teacher ratio. Each year we have an increase in the population of approximately 2k residents. The Board of Supervisors continues to approve more housing developments. Yet, where are the schools?

The majority of Henrico county tax dollars go to education. Yet the state of the public education system continues to face challenges.

Below is a general idea of the ratios in Henrico county. Total 72 schools.

46 elementary schools. 2 of them are at 15:1 ratio. All of the rest of them are above desired ratio.


12 middle schools. The five at or below the desired student/teacher ratios are struggling with maintaining accreditation standards and have below average ratings. The “overcapacity” schools, great ratings and maintain accreditation.


9 high schools. All over capacity and student/teacher ratios above 15:1. Again, the schools in Varina and Fairfield districts below average rankings and under capacity. The high schools which are in the other three districts “overcapacity”, and thriving.


Focusing on redistricting again, is not the answer. We need more schools, even solely based on current enrollment numbers. We also need to place our resources in the community. Assess why schools which are under capacity are not maintaining accreditation. The county reports 50K students, I would ask the county to look at the total number of school aged children in the county overall. Many of us are forced to send our children to private school, because every single school in Varina, the largest district, is rated a 4 or lower with the exception of two elementary schools. Who doesn’t want their child to attend a safe, accredited school? Everyone who pays taxes in this county should have the opportunity to send their children to an accredited school.

The HCPS 2018-2025 STRATEGIC GOALS:

Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) will...

• Achieve and maintain full accreditation.
• Transform the curriculum to meet the needs of an innovative, global workforce.
• Foster an inclusive, safe, and supportive climate for all stakeholders.
• Recruit, retain, and reward educators who nurture the whole child.
• Cultivate and maintain meaningful, collaborative partnerships to enrich the student experience and provide relevant learning opportunities.
• Leverage its strength of diversity and lead dialogue to ensure equity and access for all.
• Provide equitable and secure physical learning environments that inspire community pride.
• Provide equitable, collaborative, and engaging learner-centered experiences, empowering learners to become contributing citizens in a global society.

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