Let's Continue to Work

“I’m Roscoe D. Cooper, III and I'm running for re-election to the Henrico School Board-Fairfield District because I believe our children deserve the best teachers, the best facilities, and the best opportunities to prepare them to become life ready.  I'm excited about the future of Henrico County Public Schools, and I'm proud of some of the accomplishments we've made over the past 4 years: 

  • Hired the first female Superintendent in HCPS history! 

  • Approved the largest budget increase for HCPS in 13 years that supports salary increases, boosts special education staffing, provides additional reading specialists, expands planning periods for elementary school teachers, and decreases school fees; 

  • Invested over $110 million in capital improvements to our school facilities; 

  • Approved the plans to construct a new Highland Springs High School and J.R. Tucker High School, replacing two of the county's oldest public schools by 2021; 

  • Increased the number of accredited schools to 90%, the highest number of accredited schools in 6 years; 

  • Increased the graduation rates and decreased the drop-out rates; 

  • Out-of-School Suspensions (OSS) have been decreased by 37%; 

  • Trained more than 250 employees in restorative practices; and

  • Established the first HCPS Trauma Informed Advisory Committee; Office of Equity & Diversity; and Office of Family & Community Engagement


Despite the progress, there’s more work to be done and I look forward to continuing this momentum over the next 4 years.


​I strongly believe, where you live in Henrico should not impact the quality of your education or the treatment of the students. I will continue to support initiatives that close the achievement gap; promote resource equity to students in Eastern Henrico; increase racial diversity in gifted programs and higher level/rigorous courses (e.g. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual-enrollment courses); and address discipline disparities for Students of Color and Students with disabilities.  


Understanding that more affluent communities often have access to greater financial resources to support their schools, I recently established the Eastern Henrico Equity Fund, in partnership with the Henrico Education Foundation, to encourage greater participation by the business and faith community to provide equitable resources to the students and schools in the Fairfield and Varina districts.  As the Fairfield Representative, I will continue to work hard to ensure our children have the same opportunities as children in the western part of the County, as we strive to achieve OneHenrico.

Meet Roscoe

Roscoe D. Cooper, III was reared, educated, and has resided in Eastern Henrico County for more than 35 years.  After graduating from Henrico High School, Dr. Cooper pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Virginia Union University, where he graduated with honors.  He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and continued his post graduate work at the Chicago Theological Seminary.  In 2013, Rev. Cooper was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Richmond Virginia Seminary. As the pastor of Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church (Hartman Street), Dr. Cooper humbly serves God and the community through the various ministries at RMZBC. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and has served on several boards and commissions ranging from past President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond and Vicinity, former Board Chairman of Capital Area Health Network, and member of the Religious Advisory Committee of U.S. Senator Mark Warner.   Dr. Cooper was elected as the Fairfield Representative of the Henrico County School Board in 2015, and currently serves as Vice-Chairman. He is the proud father of three sons, and his


youngest two currently attend Henrico County Public Schools.   

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