Monday afternoon, the acting superintendent of schools spoke out about student achievement and money spent on private partners to help Petersburg increase academic success.
Right now, six schools in the district have an accreditation rating.
Two schools, Petersburg High and J.E.B Stuart Elementary, are fully accredited. Last school year, three were fully accredited.
And for the 7th consecutive year, Peabody Middle School was denied accreditation.
"That was a blow we need to deal with in Petersburg. It is what it is. We need to move forward in that situation," said acting superintendent of schools, Dr. Stanley Jones.
As part of a state mandate, four schools in the district have private partners who are working to boost student achievement.
Edison Learning is entering year-two as a partner. Cambridge, year-three.
"Whenever you bring someone in, they must get their feet wet. Also, I believe the foundation has been established," Jones added.
The two partners will be paid a total of just over $2.6 million in federal grant funding. Jones says the money is well spent.
"Can we do better? Yes, we can. We need to make certain that all of our children will leave our school system where somewhere to go - whether it's higher education or the job market," Jones explained.
Meantime, school leaders say, the district will continue to work with its private education partners and make adjustments needed to reach full accreditation.
"We have benchmarks every four and a half weeks. Now, we do it every two weeks. We're checking our children to determine what has to be learned and if it's not there we're going to do an intervention," said Jones.
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