Overby-Sheppard Elementary in Richmond, Virginia, needed more than an HVAC upgrade, but with tight budgets and minimal state funding, it didn’t seem likely. The 40-year-old building needed a full overhaul to provide students with a healthier, distraction-free environment.
For more than four years, Richmond City Council member Ellen Robertson had been pushing for $25 million in capital funds to start from the ground up on a new school. Unfortunately, only $4 million was allocated for the project. The school administration was determined to make the most of the earmarked $4 million.