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School Board approves construction plan

5/15/2018, 8:44 a.m.
The Richmond School Board voted 6-2 at its meeting Monday to approve Superintendent Jason Kamras’ plan to collaborate with the ...

During the board meeting’s public comment period, Dr. Renata A. Hedrington Jones, a retired social worker with RPS who recently received a national award from the National Association of Black Social Workers, chastised the board and administration for a lack of response to offers by the Richmond Association of Black Social Workers and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to lend expertise to RPS.

Dr. Jones is a member of both organizations.

“Delta Sigma Theta’s teacher efficacy campaign helps underserved inner city school students to become successful by providing training for teachers to understand unique urban problems that affect learning,” Dr. Jones said. “DST has called to volunteer members to assist teachers in addressing urban children’s emotional issues they bring with them to school every day.”

She added that the social workers’ association serves people with a variety of needs. “We have asked if we can volunteer as practitioners and trainers at Armstrong High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School to address the need of African-American children.”

She said her frustration with the system comes from the number of unanswered calls she has made to RPS during the last year offering each group’s services at no cost to the school system.

“I wanted to say this to the board and Mr. Kamras so you know that we are still available to offer these services and training,” Dr. Jones said. “Children need to see people helping them with their emotional issues that look like them.”