A change in leadership is headed to Petersburg

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – A major change in leadership is heading to Petersburg. The superintendent of schools, Dr. James Victory, is leaving after three years on the job. His departure comes at a time when the school system is facing tough challenges which is raising concern among some parents.

"I thought he'd be around longer than some of the others," said parent and former educator, Maxine Porter.

Under Victory's leadership four of seven schools have become fully accredited; an accomplishment that has evaded the district for years. Still, challenges remain.

"Petersburg is the last school district in Virginia to be under an agreement with the Virginia Department of Education for improvement and that's a challenge that's unresolved," said NBC 12 Education Specialist Dr. Bill Bosher.

That agreement with the state required all Petersburg schools to be fully accredited by 2009.

"No matter what the new superintendent is like the board still has a responsibility to show improvement for the achievement of young people in Petersburg," said Bosher.

Some parents are concerned about stability.

"Sometimes when there's a break things don't run as smoothly," said Porter.

The school system has had multiple superintendents in a short period of time -- four within the last decade.

In a statement Victory says, "We have made promises to deliver and we must do so. We are not yet where we need to be but we are certainly not where we were."

The school system has 180 days to select a new superintendent schools. The countdown starts on Victory's last day, July first.

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