The construction of a new Middle School will begin this summer and Dr. Jones and school personnel have been working for months to ensure a smooth transition.
Below is a letter sent to all elementary school, middle school and junior high school parents from Dr. Jones regarding this transition process.
March 4, 2016
Construction of a new Middle School in Powhatan has been approved to begin this summer! This exciting news will allow future generations of Powhatan students to learn in a state of the art facility. Powhatan County Public Schools has been preparing for this exciting change. Division and school personnel have been working for months to ensure a smooth transition. As part of that process, we want to communicate some essential information in preparation for the 2016-2017 school year.
Beginning next year and going forward, PCPS elementary schools will serve preschool to fifth grade. Therefore, current 4th grade students will remain at their present elementary school for the 2016-2017 school year as 5th graders.
Pocahontas Middle School and Powhatan Junior High School will merge, bringing together 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Students will be housed in Pocahontas Middle School, and the adjacent Pocahontas Elementary, until the new Middle School is opened in 2018 on the site of the current Junior High School. During this period, eight 6th grade classes will have core classes (English, math, history, and science) in the elementary school, and the remaining 6th grade and all 7th and 8th grade classes will be housed at Pocahontas Middle School. All students will have their health and physical education and resource/elective classes in the middle school. Administrative and support staff will work at both sites to create a uniform school family.
The Human Resource Department is working with school administration and staff to appropriately assign personnel to the schools which reflect these changes, and support student enrollment at each site. As the next school year approaches, building principals will be working with their school communities to offer opportunities to meet and greet, share new ideas, and plan for a successful fall.
Thank you in advance for your support as we move forward to provide our students with the best facilities and programming possible. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your building principal or myself. Our partnership will make all the difference for our schools and the children we serve.
Eric L. Jones, Ph.D.