RPS Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden will step down in June

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond City School Board announced Saturday that Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden’s term will end on June 30, 2017.

A press release said that the two parties are working to negotiate the specific terms of the separation.

In a statement, the School Board thanked Dr. Bedden for his contributions to the school division and expressed their appreciation for his service for the past three and a half years.

“The School Board remains committed to creating the best environment for students to learn, thrive and grow,” the statement continued. “It is our intent to immediately seek new leadership that shares our vision.

Now the Richmond School Board will turn to outlining their process for selecting a new school superintendent and toward picking an interim superintendent to take over as of July 1, 2017.

Meanwhile, the Richmond Virginia Branch of the NAACP issued a statement after an emergency executive board meeting was held Saturday to address a recently presented report from the Office of Academic Services.

The group expressed concern over data which they say shows “a staggering deficit of academic progress” in Richmond Public schools.

The group cited low accreditation rates for Richmond schools (17 off 44 are fully accredited) and poor test scores among students.

As a result, The Richmond NAACP offered its help in finding solutions and implementing a strategy to provide better education in Richmond, while asking community members to stand with them in demanding better for students and families.

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