Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Former principal of William Fleming High School leaves RCPS

Former William Fleming High School Administrator Gene T. Jones, Jr.

Former William Fleming High School Administrator Gene T. Jones, Jr.

In June of 2010 Gene T. Jones, Jr. the executive director of Norfolk high schools, lost his job in the division’s downsizing plan and was named William Fleming High School principal. He was reassigned and became assistant principal of Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy in June 2012. At the end of this year his contract was not renewed and a source says he is moving back to the Tidewater area.

June 18, 2010 Article: This morning at a special meeting of the Roanoke City School Board Jones was confirmed as the pick for principal of William Fleming High School. Jones was one of four who applied for the spot.

Superintendent Rita Bishop had her eye on Jones for sometime pending outcome of assault and battery and class 6 felony charges lodged against him in Norfolk. Thecharges were dismissed Monday in Norfolk District Court with Jones paying $75 in court cost.

Bishop was quizzed by media on Jones legal issues and Norfolk’s own Standard Of Learning scandal. She would only say that the charges were dismissed and “you are innocent until proven guilty … I don’t think about the past but move forward.”

According to accounts in the Virginian-Pilot the SOL cheating scandal in Norfolk was confined to the middle schools where Cathy Lassiter was director. Jones was executive director of high schools.

Jones received his bachelor of arts from Boston University and his master of science from Old Dominion University. He has been pursuing doctoral studies at Virginia Tech and ODU.

In a press release: As executive director of High Schools Jones  oversaw five high schools, the Career and Technical Center, and Middle College Program. His work to increase enrollment in advanced placement courses led to students receiving more than $25 million in scholarships. The school division’s graduation rate has increased to 74 percent under Jones leadership.

Jones will go through a extensive background check before his start date July 1, 2010.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Education, Roanoke City Public Schools


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