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Dr. Rory Stapleton

Jeffrey Blowe

Eric Stone

­Hampton City Schools announces senior directors

During their regular meeting on June 5, 2019, the Hampton School Board appointed three senior directors to school leadership (one at the secondary level and two at the elementary level), effective July 1, 2019. These positions will report to the two executive directors of school leadership and will assist in supervising schools as well as programs (e.g., on-time graduation, dropout prevention). The senior directors will assist in strengthening our systems approach of serving our young people.

Senior director for secondary schools

Dr. Rory Stapleton has been promoted to senior director of secondary schools. Stapleton has served the Phoebus High Phantom students, families, and staff for the past two years as the executive principal.

Dr. Stapleton has 32 years of experience in education. She began her career as an English teacher in Newport News Pubic Schools where she then stepped into the role as an assistant principal. She joined Hampton City Schools in 2007 and served as a principal and director of alternative programs and evaluation. Stapleton then went on to Newport News Public Schools and served as a high school principal, Norfolk Public Schools as a school improvement administrator, and then returned to Hampton City Schools in 2017 as the Phantom executive principal.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Christopher Newport University. Stapleton furthered her education and earned her Ed.S. in administration from The George Washington University and her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Senior directors for elementary schools

Jeffrey Blowe has been appointed from the principal of Hunter B. Andrews PreK-8 School to a senior director of elementary schools.

Mr. Blowe has 33 years of experience in public education. He began his career as a general education teacher in Newport News Public Schools. He then served as a Title I supplemental educational services facilitator and a Title I school improvement standards of learning instructional coach before joining the Hampton City Schools team in 2007 as the assistant principal of Wythe Elementary School. Blowe has also served as principal of Wythe, principal of Tyler Elementary and then principal of Andrews for the past six years.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Elizabeth City State University and his master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Cambridge College.


Eric Stone has been promoted from a Title I leadership coach to a senior director of elementary schools.

He began his career in public education 39 years ago as an elementary teacher in Indiana. Before moving to Virginia, he served as an elementary assistant principal in Spencer, Indiana and an elementary principal in North Vernon, Indiana. In 2002 he joined Hampton City Schools and served as the principal of Merrimack Elementary School for eight years before being promoted to the Title I leadership coach in 2010 where he provided individual coaching and mentoring to principals and assistant principals to support school leadership teams and implement school learning plans.

Stone earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, as well as his master’s degree and administrative certification. He earned his NAESP National Principal Mentor Certification in 2012 and his Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching Certificate in 2017.

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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class 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 GBAH 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.  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 School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA  23669 or (757) 727-2300.  



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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.


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.

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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,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

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:

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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.


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