Newport News Public Schools, Virginia

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Newport News Public Schools
Newport News, Virginia
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District Profile
Superintendent:Ashby C. Kilgore
Graduation rate:94.7%[2]
Number of schools:37
Budget: $285.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Carlton S. Ashby
Board members:7
Term length:4
Newport News Public Schools is a school district in Virginia that served 29,777 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district improved graduation rates from 93.6% in 2008-2009 to 94.7% in 2012-2013.[2] Newport News Public Schools is the ninth-largest school district in Virginia.

About the district

Newport News Public Schools is located in Newport News, Virginia
Newport News Public Schools is located in Newport News, a city in eastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Newport News is home to 180,726 residents.[3]


Newport News underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.9 percent of Newport News 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 Newport News was $50,744 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Newport News was 14.5 percent compared to 11.1 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Newport News (%) Virginia (%)
White 49.0 68.6
Black or African American 40.7 19.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.4
Asian 2.7 5.5
Two or More Races 4.3 2.9
Hispanic or Latino 7.5 7.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 64.3 34.2
2008 63.9 35.2
2004 51.9 47.4
2000 51.5 46.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


The superintendent of Newport News Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year was Ashby C. Kilgore. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2007. Kilgore has worked for 35 years as a teacher and administrator for Newport News Public Schools and Hampton City Schools.[6]

School board

The Newport News School Board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Six members represents specific geographical districts while the seventh member represents the entire district. Annual compensation for each member is limited by state law.[7]

Newport News School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Carlton S. Ashby South 2006 2014
Jeff Stodghill Central 2010 2014
Pricillia E. Burnett North 2010 2014
Everette Hicks, Sr. South 2000 2016
Debbie Johnston At-large 1998 2014
Darian L. Scott North 2012 2016
Shelly A. Simonds Central 2012 2016

School board elections

See also: Newport News Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats are up for election on May 6, 2014 and three 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:[7]

The Newport News School Board conducts a regular meeting each month. The Board welcomes input from the public. Each regular meeting provides two opportunities for public comments from individuals addressing topics not appearing on the agenda. The first audience with the public, not to exceed 30 minutes, is at the beginning of the meeting following the opening ceremonies and Board recognitions and honors. The second opportunity to speak is toward the end of the meeting, following the Reports/Information section of the agenda.

Cards are available upon entering the meeting for individuals wishing to address the Board. They should fill out the card with name, address, and the topic on which they wish to speak, and return it to the agenda table. Individuals will be recognized by the School Board Chairman in the order the cards were received. Comments should be limited to a three-minute timeframe. A light system will display a green light when the speaker begins, a yellow light with 30 seconds remaining, and a red light to indicate the end of the three minutes. The Chairman will rule on such matters as the appropriateness of the subject being presented and the suitability of the time for such a presentation.[8]


Newport News Public Schools publishes annual budgets on its website.[9]

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 $204,626,428 71.8% $0 0% $26,508,065 9.3% $12,516,322 4.4% $41,487,702 14.6% $285,138,517
Averages: $204,626,428 72% $0 0% $26,508,065 9% $12,516,322 4% $41,487,702 15% $285,138,517

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Newport News Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 39,500 73,856
MA 42,265 79,026
MA 30 43,744 81,792
Ph.D. 45,275 84,216

Schools in Newport News Public Schools


The district served 29,777 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 3.5% 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 30,869 -
2010 30,488 -1.2
2011 29,948 -1.7
2012 29,786 -0.5
2013 29,777 -

District schools

Newport News Public Schools operates 37 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Newport News Public Schools
An Achievable Dream Academy Elementary School
An Achievable Dream Middle & High School
Carver Elementary School
Charles Elementary School
Crittenden Middle School
Deer Park Elementary School
Denbigh High School
Dozier Middle School
Dutrow Elementary School
Epes Elementary School
General Stanford Elementary School
Gildersleeve Middle School
Greenwood Elementary School
Heritage High School
Hidenwood Elementary School
Hilton Elementary School
Hines Middle School
Huntington Middle School
Jenkins Elementary School
Kiln Creek Elementary School
Lee Hall Elementary School
Magruder Elementary School
Menchville High School
McIntosh Elementary School
Nelson Elementary School
Newsome Park Elementary School
Palmer Elementary School
Passage Middle School
Richneck Elementary School
Riverside Elementary School
Sanford Elementary School
Saunders Elementary School
Sedgefield Elementary School
Warwick High School
Washington Middle School
Woodside High School
Yates Elementary 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 levels 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.

Newport News Public Schools failed to meet all AMO during the 2013-2014 school year as indicated in the tables below:[12]

Annual Report Card, Performance, 2013-2014
Student group Reading proficiency Math proficiency
All Students Yes-3 Year Yes-3 Year
African American Yes Yes-3 Year
Hispanic Yes Yes
Asian Yes-3 Year Yes-3 Year
Economically Disadvantaged Yes Yes-3 Year
Limited English Proficient Yes Yes-3 Year
Students with Disabilities Yes Yes-3 Year
White Yes Yes

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

Note: The term Yes-3 Year means that the district met AMO based on a three-year average result. Yes-R10 means that the district met AMO by reducing failure rate by at least 10 percent over the previous year.

Contact information

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Newport News Public Schools
12465 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: (757) 591-4500

Website evaluation

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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 P
Public Records N
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Academics Y
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Background Checks

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

This website was reviewed on December 7, 2011.

The good

  • School board members are listed with contact information.[13]
  • Meeting procedures are posted,[13] along with agendas and minutes.[14]
  • A staff directory is posted.[15]
  • Budgets are posted.[16]
  • Local tax rates are posted within the budget.[17]
  • The current comprehensive annual financial report is posted.[18]
  • Bid opportunities and contracts are posted.[19]
  • Employee pay scales are posted.[20]
  • Background check policies are posted.[21]
  • A link to the Virginia Department of Education's district report card is posted.[22]

The bad

  • Audits from previous years are not available.
  • No information or contacts are provided for making public records requests.

See also

External links

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  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, "Newport News, 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. Newport News Public Schools, "About Our Superintendent," accessed February 11, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Newport News Public Schools, "School Board," accessed February 12, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Newport News Public Schools, "Summary of Expenditures," accessed December 11, 2013
  10. Newport News Public Schools, "2013-2014 Teacher Salary Scales," accessed February 11, 2014
  11. Newport News Public Schools, "Schools Directory," accessed February 11, 2014
  12. Virginia Department of Education, "2013-2014 School Report Card," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Newport News Public Schools, "School Board," accessed December 7, 2011
  14. Newport News Public Schools, "BoardDocs," accessed December 7, 2011
  15. Newport News Public Schools, "Directory," accessed December 7, 2011
  16. Newport News Public Schools, "Budget Information," accessed December 7, 2011
  17. Newport News Public Schools, "2012 Approved Budget," accessed December 7, 2011
  18. Newport News Public Schools, "CAFR," accessed December 7, 2011
  19. Newport News Public Schools, "Purchasing," accessed December 7, 2011
  20. Newport News Public Schools, "Compensation," accessed December 7, 2011
  21. Newport News Public Schools, "Procedures: GCE-P," accessed December 7, 2011
  22. Newport News Public Schools, "Overview," accessed December 7, 2011