Lawmakers form committee to address school buildings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are forming a panel to address deteriorating school facilities across the state.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Sen. Bill Stanley, a Republican from Franklin County, announced Tuesday he will create a school facility modernization subcommittee.
Stanley, who is chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, credited Richmond for “being the catalyst” in bringing the issue to the forefront.
The nine-member subcommittee will include Sen. Jennifer McClellan, a Democrat from Richmond, and Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, a Republican from Henrico County.
Sen. Barbara Favola, a Democrat from Arlington, is another member of the subcommittee. She warned that local governments won’t be able to fix or replace obsolete school buildings without the money to do it.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,