May 12, 2015

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce honored Pittsylvania County Schools Superintendent James E. McDaniel at their annual awards dinner on May 11th.  McDaniel has announced his retirement from the school system effective June 30th.

McDaniel began his career with Danville Public Schools as a teacher.  Continuing his education, he gained his administrative licensure and began serving as an assistant principal and principal.  In July 1996 Mr. McDaniel began his employment with Pittsylvania County Schools as the principal of Chatham High School.  He has served as the Director of Secondary Education and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction before being named as Superintendent in 2003.

“During McDaniel’s tenure, the school system has seen 100% of Pittsylvania County’s schools fully accredited for five out of the last seven years,” commented Steve Kaylor, Chamber Chair in making the presentation.  “There has been the successful passage of a bond referendum to renovate the four high schools, opening of four new middle schools, and the opportunity for students to graduate with an Associate Degree through Danville Community College.”

“Most recently the Superintendent provided the vision and led an initiative to acquire the former Woodlawn property which holds a STEM Academy to elevate the education community by employing project-based learning, utilizing critical and higher order thinking skills, and stimulating awareness and interest in STEM,” added Kaylor.

The Chamber presented a plaque to McDaniel recognizing his dedication, service, and commitment to Danville and Pittsylvania County.