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For further information contact Carolyn Bowers, Clerk of the Board at 757-727-2011
cbowers@hampton.k12.va.us

Nanci Reaves, School Board Attorney at 757-727-4913
nreaves@hampton.k12.va.us


School Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The first meeting of the month is a regular meeting and is televised live on Cox Cable Channel 46 and FIOS Channel 20. This meeting is held at Jones Magnet Middle School, 1819 Nickerson Blvd. The second meeting of the month is a work session and is not televised. This meeting is held at the Ruppert Sargent Building at One Franklin Street. Both meetings are open to the public and begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Hampton School Board is composed of seven members.  The Chair and Vice Chair are selected by the Board at the annual Organizational Meeting in July.  Elections are held on the first Tuesday in May and members are elected by the citizens of Hampton to four-year terms in staggered elections in even years.

Mission Statement
Actively represent the community to focus support for every child’s success. 

2020-2021 Hampton School Board Goals

  1. Identify and communicate funding priorities in support of the division’s mission and vision. (Strategic Plan Focus – Manage Fiscal Resources Efficiently and Effectively)
  2. Support technology accessibility and the successful integration of technology with instruction for all students. (Strategic Plan Focus – Maximize Every Child’s Learning)
  3. Support the effective implementation of the Academies of Hampton. (Strategic Plan Focus – Maximize Every Child’s Learning)
  4. Support the successful development of PK-8 career awareness exploration. (Strategic Plan Focus- Maximize Every Child’s Learning)
  5. Maintain focus on facility needs with particular emphasis on safety and climate. (Strategic Plan Focus – Create safe, Nurturing Learning Environments)
  6. Support the continued implementation of social & emotional resources for staff and students. (Strategic Plan Focus – Strategic Plan Focus – Create safe, Nurturing Learning Environments)

JOSEPH C. KILGORE (JOE), Chair
(jkilgore@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 850-8723
Elected 7/1/10

Occupation: Engineering Manager, Newport News Shipbuilding
Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Old Dominion University
Family: Wife, Kathy; daughters, Ashley and Jillian; son, Will

Community organizations/affiliations: Willow Oaks Recreational Association and First United Methodist Church, Hampton

Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
I decided to run for the School Board because I am passionate about effectively educating our children.  Our children and staff deserve the very best schools we can provide.

In your opinion, what are the three greatest strengths of HCS?

  1. Great mission statement - Every Child, Every Day, Whatever it Takes
  2. Outstanding schools, administrators, teachers and support personnel committed to educating our children with a strong focus on parent involvement and community engagement
  3. A common focus on maximizing student achievement

How do you see yourself personally contributing to HCS?
I feel I can contribute by collaborating with the Board to ensure the performance goals of the superintendent are effectively established and clearly communicated. I also feel it is important that we, as a Board, support the Division's strategic goals. I will expand my knowledge of issues related to public education.

DR. REGINALD WOODHOUSE, Vice Chair
(rwoodhouse@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 224-1515
Elected 7/1/16

Occupation:  Senior Pastor - First Baptist Church Jefferson Park, Newport News; President – Providence Bible College & Theological Seminary, Norfolk
Education: Bachelors in Urban Ministry Management, Geneva College; Masters in Divinity, Virginia Union University; Masters in Theology, Roanoke Theological Seminary; Doctor of Ministry, Providence Bible College & Theological Seminary
Family:  Wife, Sheila S. Woodhouse; children – Tawanda, Cornell, Candice, Alysha and Reginald; seven grandchildren
                       
Community Organizations/Affiliations:  Tidewater Peninsula Baptist Association – Moderator, Newport News Public School Superintendent Roundtable, Peninsula Free Clinic Board Executive Board, Past memberships: Office of Human Affairs (Chair), Hampton Grievance Committee, Urban League of Hampton Roads (Executive Board), Heart Association (Chair), Mayor’s Taskforce on Drugs (City of Chesapeake), Governor Commission on Crime

Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
I decided to run for the Hampton School Board for several reasons: 1) It is an opportunity to share my knowledge and life experience to benefit the children and citizens of Hampton. 2) It affords me the opportunity to represent different groups in the community and I can ensure that others have a voice in making educational and administrative decisions. (3) As a member, I can be a channel for the concerns and interests of teachers and parents.  

In your opinion, what are the three greatest strengths of HCS?

  1. Strong and professional administrators and teachers
  2. High level of parent and community involvement and support
  3. Broad curriculum that is available to all of our students

How do you see yourself personally contributing to HCS?
I see myself serving as a liaison between the School Board, the community and other investors. I believe in a quality education for current and future students; therefore, I will work tirelessly to help to improve the quality of Hampton City Schools.

STEPHANIE JACKSON AFONJA
(sjacksonafonja@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 757-826-0888
Elected 7/1/20

Occupation: Owner-Family Restoration Services, LLC (13 years) and Holistic Family Solutions, INC. (7 years)
Education: BS Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University; MA Clinical/Community Psychology, Norfolk State University; Post-Graduate Courses in Professional Counseling, Liberty University
Family: Husband, Adetokunboh Afonja; three children, William C. Jackson III (Bethel High School c/o 2020), Jada N. Jackson (Bethel High School), and Ayoni A. Afonja (kindergarten)

Community organizations/affiliations: Chair Elect Hampton Neighborhood Commission, Hampton NAACP Member, Board Secretary for Girls Influenced by Righteous Living Club (G.I.R.L.S. Club), Hampton Complete Count Committee

Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
I grew up in Hampton and attended Hampton City Schools. I have three children that have or will be educated in this school division. I have personal experience with accessing special education services for my child. I am energized by the tremendous progress in our division and am excited about joining such a progressive team. My knowledge about child development, mental health and services, passion for equitable education for all students, especially those with disabilities, experience in board and team participation and education in human service inspired me to run for this office.

In your opinion, what are the three greatest strengths of HCS?

  1. Leadership
  2. Staff
  3. The Academies

How do you see yourself personally contributing to HCS?
I have worked with youth for over 23 years in varying capacities. I have developed, managed and improved numerous services for youth that are strength based and solution focused. I have often supported parents, of disabled youth, to successfully obtain the right compliment of support for their children. I have over 17 years of Board and team experience, contributing direct knowledge and skills to the success of these Boards. Moreover, I’d like to help the business community and schools develop more meaningful relationships and I believe I can be very instrumental in this due to my vast business experience. I am a servant leader who believes in creating endless possibilities for the success of all students.

TINA BANKS-GRAY
(tbanksgray@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 525-9722
Elected 7/1/20

Occupation
: Neighborhood Centers Manager, City of Hampton
Education: BA Marketing Management and MBA Project Management, Bellevue University                                                                         
Family: Daughter, Niya Gray (Hampton City Schools honors graduate c/o 2015)

Community organizations/affiliations: Hampton City Schools Academies of Hampton Leadership Steering Committee, Former Hampton City Schools PTA Member and PTSA Officer, Keeping Our Kids Safe Initiative Member, Former City of Hampton Neighborhood Commissioners District 4, Peninsula Rotary Club of Virginia, Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association, Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
I have a heart for our young people and a heart for our City. I have over 25 years of experience as an educator and in leadership positions with community-based organizations. With the support and encouragement of my community constituents, I decided to run for the Hampton City School Board to ensure that all students are ready to compete and be successful in the 21st century workforce.

In your opinion, what are the three greatest strengths of HCS?  

  1. HCS is fortunate to have a Superintendent that is innovative and proactive. I am proud to see that HCS is on the cutting edge of 21st century educational and leadership models.
  2. HCS-Academies of Hampton are preparing our students for the workforce and to be career ready.
  3. The City of Hampton has a community that rallies around HCS to ensure that we uphold our mission of ensuring academic excellence for every child, every day, whatever it takes.

How do you see yourself personally contributing to HCS?   
I am a firm believer of service above self. It is vital to leave this world empty. I want to pour everything that is in me and give it back by serving my community to the fullest. 

I want to contribute effective policy decisions for Hampton City Schools and local neighborhoods to strengthen and better align resources to ensure academic excellence for all communities.

ANN CHERRY
(acherry1@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 826-4408
Elected 7/1/16

Occupation: Retired Executive Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Hampton City Schools         
Education: BA Business Administration, West Virginia State University; MA Public Administration, Golden Gate University     
Family: Husband, Alonzo Cherry; two adult daughters; five grandchildren

Community organizations/affiliations: Member, Citizens Policy Advisory Board; VP/Education Chair, Hampton Branch NAACP; Member, First Baptist Church, E.E.

Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?  
Since retiring from Hampton City Schools, I have been asked by many community leaders to seek a seat on the school board. After seeing the many challenges affecting public education today, I decided not to sit on the sidelines but rather bring my talents, resources and 17 years of experience as a school division administrator to the table.

In your opinion, what are the three greatest strengths of HCS?  

  1. A Superintendent who is willing to listen.
  2. Caring teachers who want what is best for students.
  3. A community that desires to be involved with HCS.

How do you see yourself personally contributing to HCS?   
As a product of Hampton City Schools, my commitment to quality education began well over 30 years ago, while serving as a Board member of the Peninsula Literacy Council. My campaign theme, “Breaking Barriers, Building Futures”, speaks to my major interests, which include the critical need for total transparency throughout the school division, incorporating best practices that will ensure all our schools are fully accredited, and addressing teachers’ salaries. I plan to use my consensus-building and communication skills to work with other members of the Board to help foster success on all levels. 

DR. RICHARD MASON
(
rmason@hampton.k12.va.us)
757-302-5377
Elected 7/1/18

Occupation: Associate Professor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Education:
BA Hampton University, MA Hampton University, EdS College of William & Mary, PhD Regent University
Family:
Wife, Dr. Kellie A. Mason, PhD; son, Richard M. Mason, III (Kecoughtan HS c/o 2017)

Community organizations/affiliations: Ivy Baptist Church; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; 100 Black Men of the Virginia Peninsula; Hampton Branch NAACP; VA Counselors Association

Why did you decide to run for election to the Board? 
Across the country, we see gun violence, mass shootings and school-related incidents every day on the news. At the root of all of this is mental health. When we evaluate the perpetrator, there is often some underlying issue of mental health. These senseless tragedies have a great effect on the community and the youth. The traumatic experiences that our children often face are not managed effectively in most cases. When I looked at Hampton City Schools, I felt a strong sense of urgency and concern for a comprehensive mental health plan. As I looked at the current makeup of the School Board members, each of them were experts in various fields and there was no one with the expertise in mental health. It is my goal as a member of the School Board to bring awareness to the mental health issues that are faced in our schools and communities. Further, I would like to have a fully integrated comprehensive mental health plan for the school division that speaks to prevention, intervention, treatment and re-entry services for our children.

In your opinion, what are the three greatest strengths of HCS? 

  1. Visionary Leadership
  2. Hardworking School Board
  3. Parent Support

How do you see yourself personally contributing to HCS?
My background in mental health and counseling will help in understanding the policies and procedures that are necessary to service the student population as a whole but especially those with special needs. Additionally, I can also help with the development and understanding of policies that affect the teachers and employees in the division.

JASON S. SAMUELS
(jsamuels@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 749-6605
Elected 7/1/14

Occupation: Program Manager, Hampton School Age Programs
Education: Bachelors in Social Work, Norfolk State University; Leadership Certificate, Academy for Nonprofit Excellence at Tidewater Community College
Family: Wife, Keisha M. Samuels; two children

Community organizations/affiliations: I have served the City of Hampton with the Department of Human Services as a Social Worker in many capacities to include Foster Care, Child Protective Services, and Adult Services. In addition, I currently serve on various local, regional, state and national councils and boards to include Hampton Neighborhood Commission: District 8 Commissioner (Capacity Committee, Neighborhood and Schools Committee), Hampton City School’s Rights and Responsibilities Committee, PTA member of Armstrong Elementary & Phoebus High School, Downtown Hampton Kiwanis Club, Downtown Hampton Exchange Club, Crowne Pointe Home Owner Association (President), Hampton Triad, Hampton Senior Citizen Advisory Council,  Peninsula Agency on Aging Advisory Council (Past Chairman), Peninsula Agency on Aging Board of Directors (Past Member), Virginia/DC Board of Director Senior Corp Association (President), National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Director Board, Peninsula 100 Black Man, Inc., Aberdeen Historic Civic Association, Hampton Branch of the NAACP and a member of Ivy Baptist Church.

Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
My desire to run for the Hampton School Board is based on my passion to ensure that ALL of Hampton’s young people - without regards to race, gender, religion, background or socio-economic status - have access to, and receive innovativequality and equal education to ensure their success. I believe we must always be in the mode of insisting on continuous improvement for our students, which is something our children and families of Hampton all deserve.

In your opinion, what are the three greatest strengths of HCS?

  1. A division with schools of choice that prepare students for lifelong learning
  2. A strong and effective strategic plan that serves as a road map for success into the 21st century 
  3. A career focused school division that provides its employees the opportunity to advance their career and place priority on fostering and sustaining relationships within the community with students, families, and the business community

How do you see yourself personally contributing to HCS?
By utilizing my leadership skills as a program director and social worker to have open and honest conversations with parents, teachers, stakeholders, investors, administrators and fellow School Board members, to identify the much-needed resources necessary to support our young people and our schools.

Coming Soon!

JOE C. KILGORE

JOE C. KILGORE, Chair
(jkilgore@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 850-8723
Elected 7/1/10

Dr. Reginald Woodhouse

DR. REGINALD WOODHOUSE,
Vice Chair
(rwoodhouse@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 224-1515
Elected 7/1/16

STEPHANIE JACKSON AFONJA
(sjacksonafonja@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 757-826-0888
Elected 7/1/20

PHYLLIS TAYLOR HENRY

TINA BANKS-GRAY
(tbanksgray@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 525-9722
Elected 7/1/20

Ann Cherry

ANN CHERRY
(acherry1@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 826-4408
Elected 7/1/16

RICHARD MASON

DR. RICHARD MASON
(rmason@hampton.k12.va.us)
757-302-5377
Elected 7/1/18

JASON S. SAMUELS

JASON S. SAMUELS
(jsamuels@hampton.k12.va.us)
(757) 749-6605
Elected 7/1/14

Paul Karhnak
(cbowers@hampton.k12.va.us
Student Representative
Appointment Term 2020-2021


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NONDISCRIMINATION/NONRETALIATION NOTICE

As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300
Email: hcs-complianceofficer@hampton.k12.va.us


HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE

PURPOSE

Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, vcarper@hampton.k12.va.us

DEFINITION

HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.

HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY

The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
 
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster, vcarper@hampton.k12.va.us., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, kgoral@hampton.k12.va.us and/or the Director of Graphics, mhouser@hampton.k12.va.us.

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.

SELF-MONITORING

HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.

DISCLAIMER

HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.