Grace Holland, being the fourth Wahoo in her family and George Washington High School’s 2019 Valedictorian, is a success to her family and to the city of Danville. An immensely self-motivated citizen in the community and a model student when held to any standard, Holland serves as a testament for hard-work and respecting the value… Continue reading The Rewards of Hard Work
Determination has led Elizabeth Durham to be the dedicated student, dancer, violinist, and philanthropist she is today. “Once I start something, I am committed. This is the way that my mother has raised me,” states Durham. Durham will graduate from Chatham High School this May having been a member of the Beta Club, the Fellowship… Continue reading If a task is begun, never leave it till’ it is done
SVHEC, HEC, the College… people refer to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center by a number of names. For many though, it’s the “best kept secret in Halifax County.” “Although we’ve been in operation since 1986, I still come across people who haven’t heard of us, or who aren’t aware of the services we provide,”… Continue reading Inside SVHEC
Superintendents view the period from December through April as the budget season. This varies across school districts with most planning, preparing, and finalizing a budget on or before April 1 as required by law. State law requires each division superintendent to prepare, with the approval of the school board, and submit to the governing body’s… Continue reading How Are Public Schools Financed? Part I
The Danville School Board held a three-day retreat, November 2 through November 4, 2017, to consider a future vision of public education in the city of Danville and develop a robust framework for the Danville Public Schools’ Education Strategic Plan. The Board and Superintendent spent three days brainstorming and planning in an effort to develop… Continue reading What is the Proposed Vision for Danville’s Desired Public Education System?
Simply put, the most important efforts, strategies, and initiatives that will result in improved student outcomes require Danville Public Schools to implement the highest quality and most engaging instructional strategies in every classroom every day. Fortunately, Danville Public Schools has a rich history of high-quality performance. In previous articles, my efforts to explain where… Continue reading What Efforts, Strategies, and Initiatives are Imperative to Improve Student Outcomes?
Averett University recently welcomed its largest freshmen class on record this August. The 371 new students come from 16 states and 15 foreign countries. “We are so excited about this incoming class,” says Stacy Gato, Vice President of Enrollment Management. “This is such a diverse group of young people, with many from new regions that… Continue reading Access to Averett Means Access to the Future
In 2014, the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC) was established to be the regional hub for linking students and faculty with community partners to create distinctive learning experiences and career opportunities as well as to strengthen the social and economic vitality of our region. Dr. Alexis Ehrhardt, Executive Director of CCECC says,… Continue reading Access to Averett Means Access to Community
In 2009, the city of Danville and Averett University formed one of the first public private partnerships in the tobacco warehouse district now known as the booming River District. Averett, along with Danville Regional Foundation, took over the former Dimon, Inc. headquarters building that had sat vacant for eight years. The building was transformed into… Continue reading Access to Averett Means Access to Relationships
We are presently living in remarkable times. The first three months of school have been uniquely successful largely due to the very positive opening of school in August, followed by significant changes in school climate and culture in many of our schools. These changes are the result of a host of strategies including: changes… Continue reading How Do We Reach the Extraordinary?