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Private academy will open Richmond-area location

GLEN ALLEN — A new private school is coming to the Richmond area.

Thales Academy, which has eight campuses in North Carolina, is expanding outside the state for the first time. The college preparatory network plans to open a K-2 school in Glen Allen at the start of the 2020-21 school year.

More grades will come in the future, according to a news release.

“We are excited to open our first school outside of North Carolina to serve students in and near the Richmond area,” said Bob Luddy, founder of Thales Academy. “We believe in providing the highest quality education at the most affordable tuition price, and we look forward to welcoming families in Virginia to our educational model.”

A meeting for interested parents has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Richmond Community Church, 11801 Nuckols Road.

RPS launches tool for growing Latino community

RICHMOND — Richmond Public Schools has launched a tool aimed at helping the city’s growing Latino community.

The school system said last week that RPS en Español will provide content in Spanish related to RPS events and activities while also highlighting community organizations and people supporting Spanish-speaking families.

The district is launching a new Facebook page that is entirely in Spanish.

“It is imperative that we meet families where they are and equip them with information, resources and access, so that they are set up for success at RPS,” said Shadae Harris, the district’s chief engagement officer. “This will help us to eliminate some of the many barriers that our newcomer families face when seeking the support they need for their students to be successful.”

Said Superintendent Jason Kamras: “We are a school system for all children and all families, and we want to make sure that we are serving all children and all families as best as we possibly can.

“We know that we have a lot of work to do in this area, and we are committed to working hand-in-hand with our Spanish-speaking communities to ensure that even more families receive the guidance and support they need to successfully navigate RPS.”

Five local school districts will get electric buses

RICHMOND — Five Richmond-area school districts are getting electric school buses.

Dominion Energy announced Thursday that its first phase of an electric school bus project will bring 50 of the buses to 16 school systems by the end of the year. Among the recipients are the school systems in Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Charles City, Louisa and Powhatan.

“RPS is proud to be one of the first school divisions in Virginia to receive electric buses as a part of this initiative,” said Richmond schools Superintendent Jason Kamras. “We are committed to making RPS a ‘greener’ and environmentally conscious division, and we are taking bold and important steps toward this goal.”

He added: “This partnership will bring safer and healthier bus rides for our students, increased transportation savings for the division, and a reduction in carbon emissions for the residents of Richmond.”

Richmond is set to receive four of the buses.

The second phase of the project, which is pending state approval, would expand the program to have at least 1,000 more electric buses on the road by 2025.

According to Dominion, that many buses could provide enough energy to power more than 10,000 homes.

— From staff reports

Politics/Education Reporter

Justin Mattingly covers state government and education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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