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Mayor Jones and City Officials Open NewlyRenovated and Expanded Bellemeade Community Center

Mayor Dwight C. Jones was joined by Richmond City Council Vice PresidentEllen Robertson, School Board member Shonda Harris–Muhammed, and Dr. Norman Merrifield, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities in cutting the ribbon to reopen the newly renovated and expanded Bellemeade Community Center today. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor Jones led a brief tour of the center’s new features forattending public and media. The City also hosted a family fun day to celebrate the reopening ofthe community center.
Mayor Jones stated, “Opening this community center today and the adjacent new school which we opened in early January, are clear demonstrationsof the City’scommitment of investing inresources to enhance the future of our children. It is very exciting to see the smiles on the children of Bellemeade and the community as a whole, aswe toured the new features within and surrounding this wonderful facility.”
“Community centers are the place where friendships are made, t…

Mayor Jones and President Samuels Announce Plans to Fund Four New Student Slots to Maggie Walker Governor’s School

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and City Council President Charles Samuels announced today that they will support four additional slots to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies for the upcoming 2013 school year. The additional slots cost about $7,500 each. Funding for the additional slots will be taken from the Fiscal Year 2014 budget that is now being reviewed by Richmond City Council. Currently the city has an allotment of 197 slots to the Maggie Walker Governor’s School and the addition of four will increase that number to 201.
“Maggie Walker Governor’s School was ranked as the #16-best public high school in the nation in 2012,” said the Mayor. “I have made it a priority during my time in office to make sure that every child has an opportunity to grow and learn. To that end, when slots are available at this great school, I want to make sure that we offer them to Richmond students.”
Councilman Samuels said, “I appreciate the Mayor’s help in getting a…