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Dr. Jeffery O. Smith Named 2020 Virginia Superintendent of the Year

Hampton City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jeffery O. Smith, was named the 2020 Virginia Superintendent of the Year on May 6, 2019, at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) Spring Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. He was selected by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Presidents of the Virginia Board of Education, the Virginia Education Association, the Virginia Parent and Teacher Association, the Virginia School Boards Association, the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, and the President-elect of the Virginia Association of School for his leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement.

“I am humbled and honored to be the recipient of the 2020 Virginia Superintendent of the Year award,” said Smith. “This recognition is representative of our collective work as a school division from that of the Hampton School Board, division leadership, teachers, staff, and families, to the community at large on behalf of all of our young people and their achievements. It represents the commitment to ‘academic excellence for every child, every day, whatever it takes.’ It remains an honor to serve our community.”

School Board Chair Ann Cherry states, “It is no surprise that Dr. Jeffery Smith is being recognized for such a prestigious honor. Our division’s accomplishments under his leadership for the past four years is a clear indicator of his passion as an educator and commitment to the students and staff of Hampton City Schools.” 

As Virginia's Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Smith is eligible for the National Superintendent of the Year Award, which will be presented next February at the 2020 National Conference on Education in San Diego, CA by the American Association of School Administrators.

In February, Smith’s fellow school superintendents from the 15 school divisions comprising Region II selected him as the Region II Superintendent, making him eligible for Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year.  His colleagues selected him to represent their group for his work building accessible pathways to future ready learning in Hampton and for his leadership across the state and through VASS.

Smith began his tenure as superintendent of Hampton City Schools (HCS) on July 15, 2015, a division of approximately 19,000 students and 3,200 employees. Prior to his employment with Hampton City Schools, he served as the superintendent of the Town of West Point Public Schools for seven years.

Under his leadership as superintendent with Hampton City Schools, the school division has strengthened its dual enrollment program with Thomas Nelson Community College, to date yielding a 600 percent increase in the number of dual enrollment credits taken by HCS students. The on-time graduation rate has increased from 88 percent for the Class of 2015 to 92.6 percent for the Class of 2018. The dropout rate has decreased from 5.1 percent for the Class of 2015 to 1.57 percent for the Class of 2018. The division posted its highest accreditation rate in six years with 93 percent of the schools earning accreditation without conditions. The Hampton City community has earned the distinction of being the first Ford Next Generation Learning Community in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dr. Smith firmly believes in the school division’s mission of ensuring academic excellence for every child, every day, whatever it takes. As such, over the past three years, he has co-chaired the Academies of Hampton’s operating and steering committees to transform the four high schools from five pocket academies to 16 wall-to-wall academies and from 18 to 41 career pathways. The Academies provide young people opportunities based on high demand, high wage jobs aligned with regional and state workforce data. He believes this transformation will ultimately prepare young people to be college, career and life ready. This important work was featured in the 2018 State of the Region report for Hampton Roads as The Next Generation of Learning in Hampton Roads, as well as The Center for American Progress as one of the four high school redesign models working across the country.

Dr. Smith's civic engagement is one of continued leadership. He strongly believes the school division has a greater impact when there are strong community partnerships. To this end, he is a member of the following boards: Optima Health, Sentara Healthcare, Smart Beginnings of the Virginia Peninsula, Virginia Air and Space Center, VersAbility Resources, a member of the Region V GO Virginia Council, and president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). He also serves as the superintendent-in-charge for New Horizons Regional Education Centers and is a 2017-2018 graduate of the Civic Leadership Institute.

In February of 2019, Smith received the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. In April, the 100 Black Men of the Virginia Peninsula, Inc. recognized Dr. Smith as a pioneer educator with the 2019 Trailblazer Award.

VASS Press Release -

Dr. Smith holding his award in front of a banner
Dr. Smith receiving an award

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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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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.

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