Mathews schools celebrate full state accreditation

Charlie Koenig - Posted on Oct 16, 2013 - 01:47 PM

Photo: Mathews County School Board members present a banner proclaiming Lee-Jackson Elementary School is fully accredited by the state to principal Drew Greve during Tuesday night’s meeting. Similar banners were presented to the principals of Thomas Hunter Middle School and Mathews High School. Pictured from left are Bill Johnson, Ginger Richardson, student liaison Elizabeth Ransone, chairman John Persinger, Lanell Jarvis, Jen Little and Greve. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Mathews County School Board members present a banner proclaiming Lee-Jackson Elementary School is fully accredited by the state to principal Drew Greve during Tuesday night’s meeting. Similar banners were presented to the principals of Thomas Hunter Middle School and Mathews High School. Pictured from left are Bill Johnson, Ginger Richardson, student liaison Elizabeth Ransone, chairman John Persinger, Lanell Jarvis, Jen Little and Greve. Photo by Charlie Koenig

It was a banner year for Mathews County Schools, and as if to drive home the point, Superintendent of Schools Dr. David J. Holleran unfurled banners proclaiming that all three county schools—Mathews High School, Thomas Hunter Middle School and Lee-Jackson Elementary School—are fully accredited by the state for 2013-2014.

Holleran presented the banners to the school principals during Tuesday’s school board meeting, which was held in the MHS Media Center. Mathews is one of only 36 fully accredited school divisions in the commonwealth this year. Other divisions in the region receiving full accreditation include Middlesex, West Point, Williamsburg-James City County and Poquoson schools.

The number of fully accredited divisions dropped from 87 (out of a total of 132) the previous year as a consequence of new rigorous reading, writing and science Standards of Learning tests during 2012-2013, as well as a second year of results from more challenging mathematics assessments.

"It was an outstanding effort," Holleran said, as teachers and other personnel worked hard to ensure that students stayed on track to learn all the new material.