School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (2022)

The nine members of the Chesapeake School Board are elected to at-large seats and represent the entire city. They are elected to four-year staggered terms in November. The chairman and vice-chairman are elected yearly to their positions from the entire board membership to preside over meetings and represent the board at various events and ceremonial functions. The official duties of the School Board include:

CHAIRMAN
Mr. Harry A. Murphy
Term Expires: 12/31/2022

Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322

Contact Information:
757-439-7217
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School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (1)Mr. Harry A. Murphy was elected to the School Board in May 1998. He was re-elected in May 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. He was elected Vice Chairman in July 2008 and re-elected Vice Chairman in July 2009. In July 2010, he was elected Chairman of the School Board, re-elected Chairman in July 2011, and re-elected Chairman in January 2022. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Commander and is currently the owner of A. Murphy Fence Company. Mr. Murphy has served on a number of service boards including the Board of Directors of the Governor’s School for the Arts and the National Board of Directors of the Military Child Education Coalition. He is very active in his church, serving as a youth leader for seven years. He has coached over 35 youth sports teams. Mr. Murphy received a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.S. in education administration from Old Dominion University. He and his wife, Karen, have three children that attended Chesapeake Public Schools and four grandchildren.

VICE CHAIRMAN
Mr. Thomas L. Mercer, Sr.
Term Expires: 12/31/2024

Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322

Contact Information:
757-287-8420 (c)
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School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (2)Mr. Thomas L. Mercer, Sr. has been on the School Board since 1996. He was elected in May 1996 and re-elected in May 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020. He served as Vice Chairman from 2002 to 2004 and from January 2014 to June 30, 2014. He also served as Chairman from July 2004 to July 2008. Mr. Mercer is a lifelong resident of Chesapeake and currently serves as pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Chesapeake. His previous pastorates were also in Chesapeake: Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and Hickory United Methodist Church. Among his civic and leadership roles are the following: a member of the Hickory Ruritan Club, past Vice Chairman and past board member of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, member of the Board of Advisors of the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation, and a member of the Great Bridge Clergy Association. Mr. Mercer graduated from Indian River High School and received an A.B. degree from Atlantic Christian College and a master of divinity from Duke University. Mr. Mercer and his wife, Susan, have four children who have graduated from Chesapeake Public Schools. They also have two grandsons; one of whom attends Chesapeake Public Schools.

MEMBER
Mr. Samuel L. Boone, Jr.
Term Expires: 12/31/2024

Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322

School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (3)Mr. Samuel L. Boone, Jr. was elected to the Chesapeake School Board in May of 2012 and re-elected in 2016 and 2020. He is a Virginia State Trooper and Recruiter with 20 years of experience. Mr. Boone is a 1995 graduate of Norfolk State University with a B.A. in political science. He is a member of First Baptist Church, South Hill. Mr. Boone is a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Courageous Leadership Award. He was a past member of the Chesapeake Youth Committee and a past board member of Volunteer Advocate for Chesapeake Youth. Mr. Boone is a board member of the New Chesapeake Men for Progress, a member of the State Police Association, and also a member of the ECPI Criminal Justice Advisory Board. In Chesapeake, he has mentored numerous students at various schools. He and his wife, Zarmeta, reside in Deep Creek and have twin boys who attend Chesapeake Public Schools.

MEMBER
Patricia Y. King, MD
Term Expires: 12/31/2022

Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322

Contact Information:
757-547-1047
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School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (4)Patricia Y. King, MD was elected to the Chesapeake School Board in May of 2018. Prior to attending medical school, she taught science and math in the Norfolk public school system. She is a practicing physician with 30 years of experience. Dr. King graduated from Howard University in 1982, Meharry Medical School in 1989, and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in 1993. Currently she serves as a member of the EVMS Board of Trustees and is a member of the Hurrah Players Board of Directors. Dr. King is the 2014 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from Old Dominion University, and received the Top Doc Award in 2014, 2015, and 2018. She served as the president of The Friends of Hampton Roads, Inc. from 2013 through 2015, and she is currently the president of Hearts 4 Progress, which is a 501c3 community service organization. In addition, she has participated on numerous committees with various organizations in the area including Norfolk Links,the American Medical Association, the Greater Norfolk Medical Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. King is the proud parent of three adult children.

MEMBER
Mrs. Colleen C. Leary
Term Expires: 12/31/2022

Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322

Contact Information:
757-547-1047
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School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (5)Mrs. Colleen C. Leary was elected to the School Board in May of 2014 and re-elected in 2018. She is a dedicated, retired educator of 34 years in Chesapeake schools. Her career in education began at the elementary level. She went on to be a reading resource teacher, an instructional specialist teaching effective teaching skills, a gifted education coordinator, an assistant principal, and a principal. Colleen is a lifelong resident of Chesapeake and a product of Chesapeake Public Schools from first grade through graduation from Oscar Smith High in 1972. She received her B.S. in elementary education NK-7 from Old Dominion University, her M.S. in reading education, and her Certificate of Advanced Study in educational administration and supervision from Old Dominion. She has also completed doctoral courses in educational administration from The George Washington University. Colleen has four children, all graduates of Chesapeake Schools, and five grandchildren. She is a member of River Oak Church where she serves in a variety of capacities and the Chesapeake PTA.

MEMBER
Mrs. Christie New Craig
Term Expires: 12/31/2022

Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322

School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (6)Mrs. Christie New Craig was elected to the School Board in May of 2010 and re-elected in May 2014 and 2018. In July of 2012, Mrs. New Craig was elected Vice Chairman of the School Board and re-elected Vice Chairman in July of 2013. She assumed the position of Chairman in January of 2014 and was elected Chairman in July of 2014 and re-elected in July of 2015. She is a resident of Western Branch, a 1985 graduate of Western Branch High School, and currently, Chief of Staff to Senator John A. Cosgrove. Mrs. Craig was a former deputy sheriff under the leadership of Sheriff John R. Newhart for over 15 years and a 1995 graduate of the Chesapeake Police Academy. Mrs. Craig has been involved in her community for most of her life. She was a very active PTA member, past recreational cheering coach, team mom, member of the Financial Committee for the Western Branch Varsity Baseball Team, participant in the Attorney General’s Mentor Program at Carver, and has volunteered for the Senior Services Seminar, Read Across America, and served as a career day speaker. She is a current member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 and in 2006 attended the Sorensen Political Leadership Program through the University of Virginia. She and her husband, Merrill, have three children that attended Chesapeake Public Schools and eight grandchildren.

MEMBER
Mrs. Angie Swygert
Term Expires: 12/31/2024

Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322

Contact Information:
757-547-1047
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School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (7)Angie Swygert is the newest member of the Chesapeake Public Schools School Board. Elected to the vacancy on May 19, 2020, Angie brings more than 23 years of financial and campaign management experience to the board. Having received a B. S. in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in 1998, she has applied her management skills in both the financial and political arenas. She currently serves as the Vice President of Operations and Project Coordinator of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, a nonprofit headquartered in Chesapeake, VA. Angie was born and raised in Chesapeake, graduated from Chesapeake Public Schools, and is a lifelong member of Deep Creek United Methodist Church. Married for 17 years to Chad, she is the mother of two children who are Chesapeake students. Angie’s top priority is to provide every student with the opportunities and challenges to excel and has enthusiastically embraced the challenges and changes in today’s evolving educational environment. The school division is pleased with the addition of Angie and is excited to gain a member with such a long and lasting connection to the city and schools of Chesapeake.

MEMBER
Mr. Louis J. Tayon, Jr.
Term Expires: 12/31/2022

Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322

Contact Information:
757-547-1047
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School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (8) Louis Tayon was appointed to the School Board in January 2022. He previously was elected and served on the Chesapeake Public School Board from 2014 to 2018. Louis is a graduate of Oscar Smith High School and has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He retired from the Chesapeake Police Department as Deputy Chief of Police and was the first Youth Services Officer at Indian River High School and Junior High. Louis is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of several civic organizations. Louis received the Valor Award from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, Chesapeake Police Officer of the Year, the Dr. W. Randolph Nichols Education Foundation Community Service Award and is a Lifetime PTA Member. Louis resides in the Grassfield area of Chesapeake with his wife Sharon, a retired Chesapeake school teacher.

MEMBER
Mr. Michael J. Woods
Term Expires: 12/31/2022

Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322

School Board – Chesapeake Public Schools 312 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-547-0153 (9)Mr. Michael J. Woods was elected to the School Board in May of 1998. He was re-elected in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. He was elected Vice Chairman in 2007. He is currently a trial attorney and president of the Law Offices of Michael J. Woods, P.C. Mr. Woods has a law enforcement background with 14 years of service with the Norfolk Police Department. He has also served on a number of committees and boards that include the Chesapeake Youth Committee, Chesapeake Criminal Justice Board, Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, the Governor’s School Board of Directors, and the Hampton Roads Public Education Service Committee. Mr. Woods graduated from Deep Creek High School, received an associate degree from Tidewater Community College, a B.A. from St. Leo College, and a degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children.

FAQs

How much do Chesapeake school board members get paid? ›

School Board members voted to increase their salaries by 33 percent on Monday, giving themselves their first raise in almost 15 years. Pay for the four-year elected position will go up to $16,000 a year on July 1, 2020 from $12,000. The chair will earn $17,000 per year, up from $13,000.

How many days can you miss in Chesapeake public schools? ›

Students who have ten (10) or more unexcused absences during the school year could be referred to truancy court and subject to prosecution under the revised Code of Virginia. The Principal, according to School Board Policy, must review extenuating circumstances submitted in writing by a parent/guardian.

How many Chesapeake schools are there? ›

Today's Chesapeake Public Schools system serves over 39,000 students with almost 5,700 teachers, administrators, and various support personnel. We have 45 schools and 3 centers, along with other special facilities such as the Chesapeake Planetarium, our own radio station (WFOS FM), and our own TV station (CPS-TV).

What time is Chesapeake school board meeting? ›

Chesapeake School Board

Regularly scheduled School Board meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Monday of each month. The meetings are held at the Chesapeake School Administration Building, 312 Cedar Road, in the multipurpose room beginning at 6:00 p.m.

How much do local school board members make? ›

School Boards and School Board Elections

Ballotpedia found that annual salaries ranged from $0 to $125,000 for individuals serving on a school board in one of the 10 largest school districts in the nation during the 2017-2018 school year.

Do school board members get paid in VA? ›

Any elected or appointed school board may pay each of its members an annual salary that is consistent with the salary procedures and no more than the salary limits provided for local governments in Article 1.1 (§ 15.2-1414.1 et seq.)

Can you go to a school outside of your district in Virginia? ›

Open-enrollment policies allow a student to transfer to a public school of his or her choice. There are two basic types of open-enrollment policies. Intradistrict: students transfer to another school within their resident school district. Interdistrict: students transfer a school outside of their resident district.

How many students are in Chesapeake City public schools? ›

Chesapeake City Public Schools contains 48 schools and 39,673 students.

How many employees does Chesapeake Public Schools have? ›

How many Employees does Chesapeake Public Schools have? Chesapeake Public Schools has 7,500 employees.

How many high schools are in Chesapeake? ›

Chesapeake City Public Schools contains 7 high schools.

What channel is Chesapeake School Board on? ›

CPS partners with Chesapeake Television to broadcast all School Board meetings live online and on television through Cox Cable (Channel 48) or Verizon FIOS (Channel 43).

Does Chesapeake public schools require masks? ›

Chesapeake School Board votes to make masks optional for teachers, staff, visitors. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Chesapeake Public Schools teachers, staff members and visitors can now unmask. Board members approved a resolution during their Monday night board meeting extending optional masking to adults.

Is Chesapeake schools open tomorrow? ›

Schools and offices are closed.

No one reports to work.

How much do you get paid to sit on a board? ›

How do board members get paid? The average salary for a board member is $38,818 per year , and the average salary of a board of directors is $67,073 per year . Board members typically do not receive an hourly salary. Instead, they may get a base retainer fee for their services as a member.

Do local school boards get paid? ›

How much does a Board Member make in California? The average Board Member salary in California is $81,989 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $63,197 and $101,265.

What makes a good school board member? ›

School board members must be able to back up their decisions and actions with facts and data. The board's actions must be transparent and accountable to the public. Collaborative: To be effective, the school board must work with the community, school staff, and stakeholders.

How much do Virginia school board members make? ›

$25,876 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $79,583 is the 75th percentile.

How much does a principal in Loudoun County make? ›

Average Loudoun County, VA Principal yearly pay in the United States is approximately $83,494, which is 13% below the national average.

How much does Loudoun County superintendent make? ›

Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler recently received a $28,000 raise from the School Board, putting his salary at $323,000 going into the 2022-2023 school year.

Can one parent enroll a child's in school without the other parents permission? ›

Can a parent change a child's school without the other parent's consent? Family Law. Can a parent change a child's school without the other parent's consent? A parent cannot unilaterally change their child's school without the consent of anyone else who holds Parental Responsibility (usually the child's other parent).

Do Virginia Beach school board members get paid? ›

School Board Members are compensated in accordance with School Board By-laws. The general powers and duties of the School Board derive from both the Constitution of Virginia and the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, and School Board By-laws.

How many days can you miss school in Texas? ›

This rule applies even if your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 plan. The average school year is 180 days. So, your child can only miss 18 days of school or 18 days of a specific class (or 9 days if they're on a semester schedule) before the 90% rule affects their class credit.

Can a school refuse to admit a child? ›

Independent schools and SEN admissions

Independent schools are free to accept or reject pupils as they wish, and have no obligations to accept a child with SEN. However, it will usually state on the school's terms and conditions that a child's special needs must be disclosed if known.

Should my child start school at 4 or 5? ›

A government-backed review recommended last year that children start school at four instead of five because of concerns that summer-born babies get fewer terms of schooling and their achievement suffers permanently as a result.

Can a 4 year old start kindergarten Texas? ›

In general, students must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enroll in kindergarten, but a student younger than five years of age is entitled to the benefits of the Foundation School Program if: (1) the student performs satisfactorily on the assessment instrument administered under Section 39.023(a) to students ...

Does Chesapeake VA have good schools? ›

Chesapeake Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in CHESAPEAKE, VA. It has 39,673 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.

What time does Chesapeake Public Schools start? ›

Elementary Schools
B.M. Williams Primary7:35 AM – 2:04 PM
Treakle, G.A. Elementary7:35 AM – 2:04 PM
Truitt Intermediate8:15 AM – 2:44 PM
Western Branch Intermediate8:15 AM – 2:44 PM
Western Branch Primary7:35 AM – 2:04 PM
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How many high schools are there in VB? ›

Virginia Beach City Public Schools is the largest school division in the region, consisting of 55 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 12 high schools and a number of secondary/post-secondary specialty centers.

Is Chesapeake Public Schools Going Virtual? ›

For the 2022-2023 school year, division leaders are expanding the program. “We are offering virtual learning for all students K-12 provided by our Chesapeake teachers," Cotton said.

When was Grassfield High School built? ›

How big is Chesapeake VA? ›

How many high schools are in Portsmouth? ›

Portsmouth Public Schools is a school district headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia. There are 3 Prek centers, 15 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 high schools, and 2 other education centers.

How many high schools are in Suffolk? ›

Suffolk has 93 secondary schools that serve 49,841 students for the school year 2022. 62 state high schools & 16 private high schools are available in the Suffolk.

What channel is ABC in Chesapeake VA? ›

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StationNetworkChannel
WTKR + 2 subchannelsCBS NORFOLK3
WSKY + 3 subchannelsINDEPENDENT MANTEO4
WAVY + 3 subchannelsNBC PORTSMOUTH10
WVEC + 3 subchannelsABC HAMPTON13
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Do kids in Virginia have to wear a mask in school? ›

Virginia school districts are dropping their mask mandates in obedience to a state law enacted this week that allows parents to decide whether their children wear masks at school. The bill, which Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) signed into law Wednesday, states that school districts must make masking optional starting March 1.

What school district is Chesapeake Virginia in? ›

CHESAPEAKE CITY PBLC SCHS

What is an Exempted Village School District in Ohio? ›

SCHOOL DISTRICT, LOCAL-TO BECOME EXEMPTED VIL LAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT MUST CONTAIN VILLAGE OF THREE THOUSAND OR MORE, LAST FEDERAL CENSUS OR TWO THOUSAND OR MORE, LAST FEDERAL CENSUS AND SUFFICIENT POPULATION OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE BUT WITHIN SCHOOL DISTRICT, TO MAKE TOTAL POPULATION THREE THOUSAND OR MORE-SECTION 4830-7 G.

What school district is Chesapeake Ohio? ›

Chesapeake Union Exempted Village schools

How big is Chesapeake VA? ›

What time does Chesapeake Public Schools start? ›

Elementary Schools
B.M. Williams Primary7:35 AM – 2:04 PM
Treakle, G.A. Elementary7:35 AM – 2:04 PM
Truitt Intermediate8:15 AM – 2:44 PM
Western Branch Intermediate8:15 AM – 2:44 PM
Western Branch Primary7:35 AM – 2:04 PM
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What is the crime rate in Chesapeake VA? ›

The Chesapeake VA crime rate for 2018 was 404.03 per 100,000 population, a 3.56% decline from 2017. The Chesapeake VA crime rate for 2017 was 418.96 per 100,000 population, a 2.29% increase from 2016. The Chesapeake VA crime rate for 2016 was 409.6 per 100,000 population, a 7.43% increase from 2015.

What is the cost of living in Chesapeake VA? ›

Chesapeake cost of living is 103.3
COST OF LIVINGChesapeakeVirginia
Overall103.3104.2
Grocery10099.6
Health104.9103.1
Housing107.9112.9
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Is Chesapeake Virginia a nice place to live? ›

Chesapeake is also a safe city and crime is generally moderate to average for a city of its size. Chesapeake has received credit for its diversity and was rated the 21st best city in the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011. If you are thinking of moving to Virginia, then Chesapeake is a great option.

What time does high school start in Virginia? ›

High School Hours

7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Is Chesapeake schools open tomorrow? ›

Schools and offices are closed.

No one reports to work.

What time does high school start in Chesapeake Virginia? ›

School officials came up with a new tiered system where all elementary and primary schools will start at 7:35 a.m., all intermediate schools and four middle schools will start at 8:15 a.m. and all high schools and six middle schools will start at 8:55 a.m.

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