At their meeting Thursday morning, the Virginia Board of Education approved Danville Public Schools (DPS)’ Superintendent Dr. Stan Jones’ request for a division-level review of the school system.

This request came after last month’s release of the school system’s pass rates and ahead of the school accreditation information set to be released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) next week.

On Aug. 26, Jones sent a letter to Dr. James F. Lane, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, which said, “As Superintendent of Danville Public Schools, it is my goal and responsibility to ensure that we are taking advantage of every opportunity to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. To that end, I am formally requesting that the VDOE conduct a division-level academic review of our school division to gain a deeper objective analysis of our strengths and opportunities of growth.”

Jones’ letter further stated, “In submitting this letter, it is our intent to strengthen our partnership with the VDOE and gain access to additional focused and customized support.”

DPS requested a division-level review focusing on the following categories: Academics and Student Success, Leadership and Governance, Operations and Governance and Human Resource Leadership.

A division-level review will provide a deeper analysis of DPS’ strengths and growth opportunities and provide information about how the division’s systems and processes influence student performance.

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