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School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

Logo Virginia Beach City Public Schools Charting the Course

Hundreds of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students will participate in the 16th Annual African American Male Summit on Jan. 20 at Frank W. Cox High School. Boys in grades six through 12 will share ideas with each other and with adult community members on topics such as student leadership, community involvement, relationship-building, and physical and mental well-being.

School Board Vacancy

Notice Regarding School Board Vacancy, Application Process and Public Hearing Date

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach will appoint an interim School Board Member District 4 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Staci R. Martin on February 13, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. The person appointed will serve until a School Board Member District 4 is elected at and qualified after the November 5, 2024 special election. To be eligible for appointment, a citizen must be a qualified voter and bona fide resident of District 4 of the City of Virginia Beach and meet all other requirements set by law.

The School Board invites interested citizens to submit the application form that includes: reasons for interest in School Board service; summary of work experience and public/community service; educational background; past volunteer experience or employment with Virginia Beach City Public Schools or other school systems; evidence of residence and voter registration; and additional qualifications for the position. Applications must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on March 4, 2024 in the office of Regina Toneatto, Clerk of the School Board, P.O. Box 6038, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456-0038. The application form is available in the Clerk’s Office or you may download it here.

Get the application

On March 12, 2024 at 6:00 p.m., or thereafter, the School Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comments regarding this appointment. The public hearing will be held at the School Administration Building 2512 George Mason Drive, Building 6, Virginia Beach. Any citizen who desires to speak at this hearing should contact the Clerk of the School Board at 263-1016. The School Board will make an appointment no later than March 30, 2024.

Important dates for applicants for appointment as the Interim School Board Member for District 4 include:

March 4, 2024 Applications are due no later than 3:00 pm. Late applications will not be considered.
March 7, 2024 Names of applicants will be publicly posted and included in the School Board Agenda package
March 12, 2024 Public Hearing on applicants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to sign up to speak at the public hearing on their behalf. The School Board will hold a Closed Session during the March 12th meeting to choose applicants to interview. Applicants will be notified within forty-eight hours of the School Board’s choice of applicants to be interviewed.
March 26, 2024 School Board will interview chosen applicants in Open Session. The School Board will vote in Open Session to appoint the Interim School Board Member District 4.
March 27, 2024 Swearing In Ceremony for Interim School Board Member and Orientation.
November 2024 Interim School Board Member – District 4 will complete term of service upon the election and qualification of a new School Board Member District 4 after the November 5, 2024 special election.

Timeline: Petition for Special Election/Appointment Interim School Board Member District 4

Date Event
January 30, 2024 Announcement of intent to resign effective February 14, 2024.
February 6, 2024 Special meeting to discuss the appointment process and review application.
February 13, 2024 Recognition Of Staci Martin’s service as School Board Member.
School Board adopts resolution for Petition for Writ for Special Election, Application and Appointment Process.
11:59 pm - Final day Of Staci Martin’s term.
February 14, 2024 First day of vacancy of District 4 position
Notice of Vacancy posted on vbschools.com and applications are available online.
February 16, 2024 School Board Attorney files Petition For Writ of Special Election with the court.
February 26, 2024 Submit Public Hearing Notice to Virginian Pilot/Notice on vbschools.com.
March 3, 2024 Public Hearing Notice published in Virginian Pilot – approximate date.
March 4, 2024 Application deadline 3:00 pm.
March 5, 2024 Final date for Public Hearing Notice to be published in Virginian Pilot.
Notice on vbschools.com remains posted.
March 1-5, 2024 Background checks and social media checks are ongoing.
March 7, 2024 List of candidates published on vbschools.com/Agenda.
March 12, 2024 Public hearing on applicants.
Closed Session - The School Board chooses applicants for interviews.
March 26, 2024 Open Session - The School Board interviews chosen applicants.
Vote on appointment of School Board Member District 4.
March 27, 2024 Swearing In of School Board Member District 4.
Orientation of School Board Member District 4.
March 30, 2024 Last day of 45 Day period to appoint School Board Member District 4.
November 5, 2024 Special Election of School Board Member District 4.
November 2024 Elected School Board Member District 4 takes office.