|Subject: ||06/18/2010 Gene Jones Named New Principal of William Fleming|
|Date to send: ||9/28/2010 at 6:00 AM|
Gene Jones a native of Norfolk, Virginia will be the new principal of William Fleming High School for the 2010-11 school year. Jones currently serves as Executive Director for High Schools in the Norfolk Public Schools, where he leads the school divisionâ€™s five high schools, the Career and Technical Center, and Middle College Program. He has been instrumental in the implementation of the divisionâ€™s Continuous High School Improvement initiative as well as the federal Smaller Learning Communities grant. These initiatives have led to increased enrollment in advanced placement courses. Norfolk students have received more than 25 million in scholarships. The school divisionâ€™s graduation rate has increased under Jones leadership to 74 percent.
Jones received his bachelor of arts from Boston University and his master of science from Old Dominion University. In addition, he has pursued doctoral studies at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University. Mr. Jones began his teaching career with the Norfolk Public Schools. He began his administrative career in Norfolk followed by a five year stint as an assistant principal with Virginia Beach Public Schools. In 1999, Mr. Jones was named the principal of Warwick High School in Newport News. While at Warwick, the school was recognized by Newsweek Magazine for being ranked as one of the top 100 high schools in the nation. During his six years at Warwick, 80 to 85% of the students who graduated either attended a two or four year institution. Photo available.