RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Students at George Wythe High School staged a walkout Wednesday in hopes of keeping their principal, one of 10 RPS leaders on the chopping block, from leaving.
Students showed their support for Reva Green, their longtime principal who announced in early April that should would be resigning in June.
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“We just can’t imagine George Wythe being George Wythe without Miss Green,” one student said.
It’s why hundreds of students marched out of class Wednesday, hoping to send a message to superintendent Jason Kamras and the Richmond school board.
“Save Miss Green, Save Miss Green,” the group chanted, along with signs to echo their sentiments.
The walkout took place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, as students left class, chanting, and holding posters that read “You’re either Wythe us or against us.”
Green, who has worked more than 25 in education, 6 of those as principal of George Wythe, made history as the first woman to hold that title.
Community leader Charles Willis, who attended the walkout, says he has been in very close contact with Miss Green since the news broke.
“She was sent over to George Wythe to mainly encourage and build a community together, so the kids would focus on learning instead of the fights and arguments that used to be heard about at George Wythe,” he said.
“I can tell you that Principal Green did not voluntarily want to leave George Wythe High School,” Willis added.
RPS officials are in the process of filtering out principal positions. Knowing she was on the chopping block, Green announced her resignation, effective at the end of the fiscal year in June. Green won’t be returning next year as a result, and her students are against it.
“Miss Green, she knows the better in us,” said Ariel Finney, a senior at George Wythe.
Finney organized the walkout and said “all the outsiders, all they see in the negative…but nobody sees the good grades, all the good athletes, all the scholarships/college acceptances that come from so many of our students”
Students like Finny are hoping that the stand taken today will get noticed by RPS officials. Kamras said that the hearing process has already started in looking for new principals, however.
“I’m looking forward to having students participate in the community panel process for the selection of the next leader at Wythe,” Kamras said.
Additionally, the school board said they can’t comment on personnel matters, but are eager to work with students.