Chesapeake Public Schools, Virginia

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Chesapeake Public Schools
Chesapeake, Virginia
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District Profile
Superintendent:James T. Roberts
Graduation rate:97.3%[2]
Number of schools:47
Budget: $394.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Christie Craig
Board members:9
Term length:4
Chesapeake Public Schools is a school district in Virginia that served 39,737 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district improved graduation rates from 96.3% in 2008-2009 to 97.3% in 2012-2013.[2] Chesapeake Public Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Virginia.

About the district

Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, Virginia
Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, a city in southeastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Chesapeake is home to 228,417 residents.[3]


Chesapeake underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.4 percent of Chesapeake residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 34.7 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Chesapeake was $70,244 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Chesapeake was 8.3 percent compared to 11.1 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Chesapeake (%) Virginia (%)
White 62.6 68.6
Black or African American 29.8 19.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.9 5.5
Two or More Races 3.0 2.9
Hispanic or Latino 4.4 7.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 49.8 48.8
2008 50.2 48.9
2004 42.3 57.1
2000 45.2 53.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year was James T. Roberts. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2009. Roberts has worked as an administrator with the district since 1995.[7]

School board

The Chesapeake School Board consists of nine members elected at-large to four-year terms. Annual compensation for each member is limited by state law.[8] Board members received annual salaries of $12,000 during the 2013-2014 school year.[9]

Chesapeake School Board
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Christie Craig 2010 2014
Thomas Mercer, Sr. 1996 2016
Samuel Boone, Jr. 2012 2016
C. Jeff Bunn 2006 2016
Bonita Billingsley Harris 2010 2014
Harry A. Murphy 2002 2014
Victoria L. Proffitt 2012 2016
Ann R. Wiggins 2013 2014
Michael J. Woods 1998 2014

School board elections

See also: Chesapeake Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats were up for election on May 6, 2014 and four seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The School Board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2014:[8]

Presentations to the Board

The School Board strongly encourages the public to attend Board meetings and to participate through presentations to the Board. However, the Board does not hereby obligate itself to act on any request or proposal whether or not it is informal or formal, or in writing or verbal. The Board reserves the right to limit presentations when it deems necessary, or to refuse to hear those which have not been entered into the approved agenda.

Advance Request Procedure
A person who wishes to address the Board should make a request, preferably in writing, to the Superintendent indicating the subject of the presentation. Such requests should be submitted at least one week prior to the Board meeting if possible.

Recognition from the Floor
Recognition from the floor in the case where no advance request was made by the person desiring recognition may be granted at the discretion of the chairman.

Addressing the Board
At the beginning of each hearing of citizens or scheduled public hearing, the chairman will announce the subject, (where applicable) time limitations, and any other instruction necessary. The chairman will also inform speakers that the Board may seek clarification of speakers' comments or seek additional information from the Superintendent. These responses, however, will be made only at the end of the particular hearing segments of the meeting agenda.

Upon recognition by the chairman, the speaker should clearly state his name, address and the subject of his remarks. He shall address himself to the chairman and at the conclusion of his remarks, if any Board member desires further information; such member shall address the speaker only with the permission of the chairman. The courtesy of the Board shall be extended to the speaker, and the speaker shall respect the privilege extended by the Board or be ruled out of order by the chairman. The privilege of speaking before the Board shall not be used for personal attack against an individual.

Time Limitations
Persons addressing the School Board shall limit their remarks to three minutes. Additional time may be allotted at the discretion of the Chairman; however, the total time allotted to an individual shall not exceed five minutes.

Televising Meetings
Regular and special meetings of the School Board shall be televised to permit public viewing whenever possible.[10]


The table below displays the budget for Chesapeake Public Schools:[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $301,348,006 77.8% $30,448,924 7.9% $42,117,876 10.9% $0 0% $13,616,656 3.5% $387,531,462
2014-2015 $306,488,626 77.7% $45,013,877 11.4% $42,979,395 10.9% $0 0% $0 0% $394,481,898
Averages: $303,918,316 78% $37,731,400.5 10% $42,548,635.5 11% $0 0% $6,808,328 2% $391,006,680

Teacher salaries

The minimum annual salary for a Chesapeake Public Schools teacher during the 2013-2014 school year was $40,750. The maximum salary during the same school year was $63,141. Teachers can earn an additional $3,200 per year with a Master's degree, $4,800 per year with a Master's degree plus additional coursework and $6,400 per year with a doctoral degree.[12]


Teachers in Chesapeake Public Schools are represented by the Chesapeake Education Association (CEA). The president of CEA during the 2013-2014 school year was Mattie Gould.[13]

Schools in Chesapeake Public Schools


The district served 39,737 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 0.3% decrease in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 39,883 -
2010 39,748 -0.3
2011 39,468 -0.7
2012 39,630 0.4
2013 39,737 0.2

District schools

Chesapeake Public Schools operates 47 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Chesapeake Public Schools
B.M. Williams Primary School
Butts Road Intermediate School
Butts Road Primary School
Camelot Elementary Schools
Carver Intermediate School
Cedar Road Elementary School
Chesapeake Alternative School
Chesapeake Central for Science and Technology
Chittum Elementary School
Crestwood Intermediate School
Crestwood Middle School
Deep Creek Central Elementary School
Deep Creek Elementary School
Deep Creek High School
Deep Creek Middle School
Georgetown Primary School
Grassfield Elementary School
Grassfield High School
Great Bridge High School
Great Bridge Intermediate School
Great Bridge Middle School
Great Bridge Primary School
Greenbrier Intermediate School
Greenbrier Middle School
Greenbrier Primary School
Hickory Elementary School
Hickory High School
Hickory Middle School
Hugo Owens Middle School
Indian River High School
Indian River Middle School
Jolliff Middle School
Norfolk Highlands Primary School
Oscar Smith High School
Oscar Smith Middle School
Portlock Primary School
Rena B. Wright Primary School
Southeastern Elementary School
Southwestern Elementary School
Sparrow Road Intermediate School
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
Treakle Elementary School
Truitt Intermediate School
Western Branch High School
Western Branch Intermediate School
Western Branch Middle School
Western Branch Primary School

Academic performance

The Virginia Department of Education administers Standards of Learning (SOL) tests annually to school districts throughout the state. These tests determine student proficiency in reading and mathematics from elementary school through high school. The state issues annual report cards for each district that detail progress toward achieving Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) necessary to comply with federal law. Each report card details AMO achievement for all students as well as student groups identified as possessing proficiency gaps. These groups include students with disabilities, African American students, Hispanic students and students who are economically disadvantaged. Proficiency standards will continue to increase across all student groups until the 2017-2018 school year when 73% proficiency is expected in math and 78% in reading.

Chesapeake Public Schools failed to meet all AMO during the 2013-2014 school year as indicated in the tables below:[15]

Annual Report Card, Performance, 2013-2014
Student group Reading proficiency Math proficiency
All Students Yes Yes
African American Yes Yes
Hispanic Yes Yes
Asian Yes Yes
Economically Disadvantaged Yes Yes
Limited English Proficient Yes Yes
Students with Disabilities Yes Yes
White Yes Yes

Annual Report Card, Graduation, 2013-2014
Student group Math proficiency
All Students Yes
African American No
Hispanic Yes
Asian Yes
Economically Disadvantaged Yes-R10
Limited English Proficient Yes
Students with Disabilities No
White Yes

Note: The term Yes-R10 means that the district met AMO by reducing failure rates by at least 10 percent over the previous year.

Contact information

Chesapeake Public Schools logo.jpg
Chesapeake Public Schools
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Phone: (757) 547-0153

Website evaluation

Taxes N
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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Audits N
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Public Records N
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Academics Y
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Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

This website was reviewed on December 8, 2011.

The good

  • School board members are listed with contact and term information.[16]
  • Meeting minutes are posted.[17] along with meeting schedules, agendas and protocols.[18]
  • Budgets are posted.[19]
  • Current and awarded bids are posted.[20]
  • A contact list is posted and administrative officials are listed on department pages.[21]
  • Academic performance information is available.[22]

The bad

  • No information is posted on background check policies.
  • Audits are not available.
  • No information is available on public records requests.
  • Local tax rates are not posted.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Virginia Department of Education, "Fall Membership," accessed February 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Virginia Department of Education, "Graduation, Completion, Dropout & Postsecondary Data," accessed February 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Chesapeake, Virginia," accessed February 11, 2014
  4. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed February 11, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Chesapeake Public Schools, "Superintendent's Page," accessed February 11, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chesapeake Public Schools, "Policies and Procedures," February 10, 2014
  9. Jeff Shelar, The Virginian-Pilot, "Chesapeake candidates file for council, school board," March 5, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Chesapeake Public Schools, "Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
  12. Chesapeake Public Schools, "Full-Time Teacher Salary Schedule 2013-2014," accessed February 11, 2014
  13. Chesapeake Education Association, "CEA Board of Directors," accessed February 11, 2014
  14. Chesapeake Public Schools, "School Hours," accessed February 11, 2014
  15. Virginia Department of Education, "2013-2014 School Report Card," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. Chesapeake Public Schools, "School Board," accessed December 8, 2011
  17. Chesapeake Public Schools, "Minutes," accessed December 8, 2011
  18. Chesapeake Public Schools, "Meetings," accessed December 8, 2011
  19. Chesapeake Public Schools, "Budget," accessed December 8, 2011
  20. Chesapeake Public Schools, "Purchasing," accessed December 8, 2011
  21. Chesapeake Public Schools, "Contact List," accessed December 8, 2011
  22. Chesapeake Public Schools, "Assessment & Accountability," accessed December 8, 2011