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Miss the NASCAR Race? Tune to City Schools TV 

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NASCAR and Richmond Public Schools may seem like an unlikely pairing, but a recent combination of the two has left city schools' pockets $25,000 heavier.

A short-term lease agreement -- actually between Sprint/Nextel, not NASCAR, and Richmond Schools — provided the telecommunications company with temporary access to a schools-owned television frequency.

The frequency was used to rebroadcast the Sept. 7 and 8 races at Richmond International Raceway using new mobile technology being rolled out during the race, Richmond schools spokeswoman Felicia Cosby says.

"I believe Sprint and Nextel contacted us," Cosby says. "We're the only school district … the only ones that have the frequency that they needed."

The frequency used was not Channel 99, the schools' government access cable channel. Cosby says it was one of a handful of frequencies owned by the school system.

The $25,000 pocketed by Richmond Public Schools will go into an account to pay for Americans with Disabilities Act improvements and upgrades to schools facilities as required by a settlement agreement signed between schools officials and a group of parents who had sued the school system. S



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