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All  Schools  Accredited
All Schools Accredited
by Jim Hopkins, school board member
image missingOn September 13, 2017 the Virginia Department of Education released its accreditation report on public schools in Virginia.   I am pleased to report that all of Orange County's 9 public schools are accredited.  There are 132 school divisions in Virginia and Orange County is one of 65 divisions that have all of their schools accredited.  Four of our adjacent counties: Albemarle, Culpeper, Madison, and Spotsylvania were not listed as having all schools accredited.

Last year Orange County’s Gordon-Barbour Elementary School was accredited with a warning in English writing, and Prospect Heights Middle School was partially accredited, again falling short in writing skills.  At that time, Superintendent of Schools Dr Brenda Tanner implemented a plan to emphasize writing skills throughout the school system.  It seems to have addressed the problem because this year all our schools are again accredited.

I want to express my congratulations to Dr Tanner, the administration, teachers, children and their parents for this accomplishment.   We truly have a dedicated staff of professional educators working with our students.

Our school system’s accomplishments are even more impressive when one realizes that Orange’s per pupil spending is less than per pupil spending in any of our adjacent counties.  Teacher’s salaries are one of the major components in determining per pupil spending.   Orange has a lower starting teacher’s salary than any of our adjacent counties.  If we want to continue to attract first class teachers, this is an issue that needs to be addressed by the School Board and the Board of Supervisors.

It is a privilege to represent Lake of the Woods on the Orange County School Board.  If I can be of assistance, please contact me at: jhopkins@ocss-va.org.