VBCPS- Ahead of the Curve

Date: 02/28/12 Phone: 757.263.1075
News Release No. 057 Fax: 757.263.1010
  Email: kathleen.ohara@vbschools.com

Superintendent James G. Merrill Presents on the Strengths and Challenges of Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Asks Citizens to “Step into the Gap” to Advocate for Public Education

Virginia Beach Superintendent James G. Merrill presented an overview of school system progress and challenges Monday evening, February 27, to an audience of approximately 400 at a Future Focus event held at Landstown High School.

Dr. Merrill shared a number of important accomplishments, ranging from The Washington Post's ranking of 10 Virginia Beach high schools in the top 6 percent nationwide to an on-time graduation rate that, at 86.7 percent, exceeds the state average. He also cited several pressing concerns such as the trend over recent years of decreasing state and city funding in conjunction with with the increasing number of mandates that have been placed on public schools over time. However, he noted that the major thrust of his presentation would be to prompt those attending to answer two questions for themselves: Do I believe in the power of public education to change children's lives for the better? And if so, what am I going to do to uplift it? The entire text of Dr. Merrill's presentation, along with accompanying slides, is now available on The Lowdown on Your School Dollars page on vbschools.com. To view this page select the red Budget tab found on the home page.

Future Focus was hosted by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation with support from corporate sponsors, HBA Architecture, Virginia Beach Schools Federal Credit Union and Chili's Restaurants.





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