School receives partial accreditation

Published 11:58 am Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Charles Berkley

Kenbridge Elementary School received partial accreditation in October from the Virginia Board of Educators.

The announcement, released Nov. 2 from the Virginia Department of Education, approved appeals from 58 schools and granted the schools a rating of “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School” for the 2017-2018 school year.

Kenbridge Elementary was listed among the 58 schools in the Commonwealth who received the accreditation. Two schools were denied the appeals, officials cited in the announcement.

The schools had been among 92 schools in the state that were first given the accreditation ratings of “To Be Determined” when ratings for 2017-2018 were announced in September, the announcement cited.

Lunenburg County Public Schools Superintendent, Charles Berkley, said in a statement that the accreditation reflects the dedication of the faculty, students and administration.

“The partially accredited designation means that the school has committed to meeting the necessary accreditation benchmarks in Reading and Mathematics,” Berkley said. “I am glad that the gains made by our students and our school staff are being recognized and we are focused on relationships with our students and our families.”

Berkley noted that the division will work on issues the school currently faces.

“We are also dedicated to removing barriers to have success for each of our students and helping all students achieve. Last year’s success in math and reading is an example of the potential this school has to meet all accreditation benchmarks,” Berkley said. “We have to have the right culture of learning developed in our schools and I’m confident that we have the right leaders in place. We also know what tools that the schools need to succeed and are dedicating necessary resources to ensure that all schools continue to meet the Standard of Learning in all core areas.”

Lucy Hall, principal of Kenbridge Elementary School, similarly thanked the faculty members and said the school would work on science, reading and math.

“We are extremely excited about this announcement. We met the mark in Reading, Math, and Virginia Studies which is a huge accomplishment. It is a reflection of all the hard work that our students and teachers put in last year,” Hall said. “We are proud of the accomplishment but are also looking toward the future. Those are scores from last years assessments and we are striving for bigger and better this year. We are paying close attention to data in science this year with a continued focus on reading and math. We are also working with the Department of Education to make sure our curriculum is fully aligned with the state standards. Our Comets are continuing to work hard and we know it will pay off this spring.”