Friday, June 18, 2010

Gene Jones of Norfolk named new principal for William Fleming

Gene T. Jones, Jr. of Norfolk picked as William Fleming principal

Gene T. Jones, Jr. the executive director of Norfolk high schools, lost his job in the division’s downsizing plan. 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.

See: Former principal of William Fleming High School leaves RCPS June, 2013.

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. The charges 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.

The only unfilled position is a principal for Highland Park Elementary.

Others positions named include:

Thomas Haley, principal of the Phoenix Academy in Lancaster and one of the remaining three candidates who applied for principal at William Fleming was named Executive Director of High Schools  pending pre-employment screening

Carlton Bell will move from principal at Hurt Park to Student Support Specialist, Central Office

Julia Bush will move from principal at Fairview to principal of Hurt Park.

Ann Kraft from Round Hill to Morningside

April Plympton from Morningside to Fairview

Karen McClung from Huff Lane to Round Hill

Pamela White from assistant principal at Monterey to assistant principal at RAMS.

Virginian-Pilot June 18, 2010: Norfolk educator ousted in job shuffle hired in Roanoke

Posted By Valerie Garner

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