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New Petersburg superintendent unveils priority plan for schools

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

It is a new year, and for Petersburg City Public Schools, that means new leadership.

Dr. Joseph Melvin is the new superintendent of the system, and Thursday morning, he met with members of the media to outline his vision.

He unveiled his seven-point priority plan, and his first priority is to make sure every school and department within the school system has strong and consistent leadership.

His next goal is to increase student achievement.

"This will happen with a detailed focus on professional development for staff with assistance from division partners and thorough review of current instructional practices," said Dr. Melvin.

Other priorities include meeting state accreditation and all federal mandates, focusing on early literacy, building a 21st century environment, making sure schools are safe, and improving communication among the schools and their partners.

While Dr. Melvin did not go into a lot of detail about how he exactly plans to implement each priority, he did say committees will be formed around each one of them in order for them to be in place by the beginning of the school year.

"It's a full plate, but I'm here for the long haul. I have moved to Petersburg. I am comfortable in an urban school division, and my intent is to have longevity in this position as superintendent," said Dr. Melvin.

Dr. Melvin says he plans to meet with parents, as well as other community members, just to talk more about his seven-point priority and to get input on how to move this district forward.

He is a native of Norfolk, and is the former superintendent of Essex County public schools.

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