The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent.
At Holland Elementary we believe:
- Excellence is achieved when students, parents, and teachers set clear goals and hold high expectations for reaching these goals.
- Students learn to make appropriate decisions when given a supportive and challenging learning environment.
- Students learn best when they are exposed to as many experiences as possible and are actively engaged in the learning process.
- Student achievement is enhanced by on-going staff development.
- Exhibiting school spirit and school pride enhances our students' learning environment.
First Principal: Mrs. Edna "Ellie" Bates
Holland Elementary opened for the 1967-1968 school year, with an average enrollment of 797 children in grades one through seven. In 1973, Holland operated on a 45/15 schedule which was designed to help ease over crowding due to the new development of Green Run. Teachers taught for 45 school days, then had 3 weeks off and rotated all year. During that time, there was only one first grade class that had 35 students. In the following year, there were two first grade classes, which reduced the classroom size to about 18 children. The Accelerated Schools program was piloted at Holland Elementary. It was designed to enhance student performance and was discontinued after only a few years.