RADFORD – In a message to his administrators, teachers and staff on Tuesday, outgoing Radford City Schools Superintendent Robert Graham shared preliminary Standards of Learning scores that show higher achievement for RCPS students than they’ve had for “many years.”
“[This is] data that proves that there has never been any question about this administration or the teachers and students who have achieved this milestone,” Graham wrote in an email to RCPS principals and school board members on June 27. “Best scores that we have had in many years. Congratulations on a job well done. I know Radford has to wait to hear from the VDOE [Virginia Department of Education] in regards to our accreditation, but I am proud of what you all have accomplished this year! I will miss you all, but thank you for allowing me to leave on such a high note.”
“I will not be here to celebrate with you, but…I am extremely proud of these accomplishments during a very difficult and trying time in Radford City School history,” he continued. “Strongest leadership team, faculty and staff I have ever had the pleasure to work with. The accolades you receive each and every year [are] a testament of your dedication and commitment to our children! Please don’t let anyone, any board or any higher entity make you feel differently! My last day in Radford is tomorrow. This is the best present you all could provide me as I leave this wonderful institution.”
Graham’s last school board meeting, held June 20, was marked by hours of statements by Radford teachers, parents and citizens, nearly all of whom spoke in favor of Graham, RCPS’s administrators, and its teachers, and levied pointed comments criticizing members of the school board for their conduct relating to Graham and other issues.