The Falls Church City Schools announced late Friday that the F.C. School Board voted unanimously to extend the contract of Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones through June 30, 2019. The press release reported the decision was made last month. Jones has been serving as superintendent since 2011 from a variety previous educational degrees and positions held in Nevada, Australia and Oklahoma.
According to the schools’ announcement, “The extension was based on district student performance, outstanding leadership recognized at the local, state and national levels, and fiscal responsibility. During Jones’ tenure in Falls Church, “Falls Church schools have led in test scores and graduation rates, Thomas Jefferson Elementary received a ‘Blue Ribbon’ award, and the school division this year was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for its leadership in 21st century instruction across the national K-12 spectrum,” the statement adds.
School Board member Kieran Sharpe is quoted saying, “We are very fortunate to have a high quality professional leading us. We are completing implementation of the International Baccalaureate program in grades K through 12, the first in Virginia to do so.”
Board Vice Chair John Lawrence added, “To a large extent, the community, I believe, doesn’t understand just how much she has to do with it all. You just don’t have Apple coming to us and telling us how wonderful we are out of the blue. We need to tell the community what she has done not only locally, but regionally, statewide and nationally.”