Southampton schools confirm full accreditation

Published 11:04 am Wednesday, October 11, 2017

To use Meherrin Elementary Principal Debra Hicks’ description, she and all other principals of Southampton County Public Schools were “elated” to report that their respective sites are fully accredited, according to the Virginia Department of Education’s final SOL results. The progress report was made during the school board’s regular meeting on Monday evening.

Capron scored 84 percent, 91 percent, 100 percent and 97 percent for English, math, history and science, respectively. The benchmarks for all elementary and secondary schools were 75 percent for English and 70 percent for the other subjects.

Meherrin scored 77 percent, 86 percent, 95 percent and 95 percent for English, math, history and science, respectively.

Nottoway scored 92 percent, 87 percent, 100 percent and 88 percent, respectively.

Riverdale scored 79 percent, 84 percent, 100 percent and 86 percent, respectively. Speaking of Riverdale, Principal Will Melby had the pleasure of formally announcing that his school was awarded the Board of Education’s Distinguished Achievement Award in alignment with the Virginia Index of Performance.

That VIP recognizes schools and school divisions for the achievement of excellence goals which are established by the governor and Board of Education, and provides incentives for continuous improvement.

“I’m very, very excited,” Melbye said about the recognition.

Southampton Middle scored 81 percent, 86 percent, 94 percent and 87 percent, respectively.

Southampton High scored 89 percent, 94 percent, 90 percent and 86 percent; the graduation and completion index was 88 percent (the benchmark at 85 percent,) respectively.

Principal Allene Atkinson noted that SHS has now been accredited for 16 consecutive years.

Dr. Gwendolyn Shannon, superintendent, said, “How proud I am of the staff, parents and community, collectively. We just achieve more as a team. Riverdale really did do a phenomenal job. They’ve really, really done a fantastic job.”