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2024-25 federal grant information presented to Virginia Beach School Board

The Virginia Beach School Board received information about proposed federal grant applications at its May 14 meeting. For the 2024-25 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) would receive approximately $21.1 million in formula grant funds through programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

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.

Salary Allowances 4-35.4

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 4-35.4

PERSONNEL

Salary Allowances

The School Division has a comprehensive allowance program that recognizes formal education and/or training beyond that which is required for the position, Allowances are available as designated in the compensation plan.

  1. Educational Allowances

    Employees may earn an allowance for completing additional degrees, licenses, and/or certifications, provided the education and training is directly relevant to the position, enhances the employee’s ability to further The School Division's mission and strategic goals, and is approved by the Department of Human Resources.

    1. In order to earn these allowances, employees must provide documentation of program completion either within 60 days of hire, or for current employees, once official transcripts, licenses, or certifications are issued.
    2. Allowances will begin to be paid at the beginning of the next pay cycle once documentation is received and approved by the Department of Human Resources.
  2. Non-Instructional Renewable Allowance Program (NIRA)

    NIRA awards money to eligible, non-instructional employees who have completed college credits, earned a degree, accumulated significant hours of professional development, or who hold a current nationally recognized industry standard certification.

    1. Eligibility
      1. The employee must be in an employee position/group that is included in the NIRA program guidelines.
      2. The employee must be in an active status at the time of the application approval.
      3. The position must be attached to an allocation that is equal to or greater than a .5 allocation (positions ranging from .5 to .9 will receive the allowance on a pro-rated basis).
    2. Program Guidelines

      Guidelines for the Non-Instructional Renewable Allowance and position will be maintained on the Human Resources Intranet page.

    3. Documentation
      1. Employees must provide documentation of completion of the program either within 60 days of hire, or for current employees once official documents of completion are received.
      2. Allowances will begin to be paid at the beginning of the next pay cycle once official documentation is received and approved by the Department of Human Resources.
  3. Career Teacher Allowance
    1. A VBCPS Career Teacher Allowance is a three-year cycle.
    2. Minimum requirements for allowance eligibility:
      1. Hold an active Virginia Department of Education 5 or 10-year renewable license; or hold a valid school speech-language pathologist license issued by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; or hold National Board Certification (NBC) issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
      2. Be on a continuing contract with VBCPS.1
      3. Have completed ten years of total teaching experience or hold National Board Certification (NBC) issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards regardless of years of experience.
      4. Have received ratings of "Proficient" or higher in each standard on the most recent summative evaluation and have not been on a performance improvement plan within the three-year cycle.
      5. Have received Comments/Reinforcements/Refinements on the most recent summative evaluations which are reflective of a career teacher.
      6. Have demonstrated balanced professional involvement over the course of three years immediately preceding the initial or renewal application by earning a minimum of 100 points with at least 20 points earned in each of the four categories: Teaching & Learning, Building Leadership Capacity, Professional Learning, and Community Relations.
    3. A teacher may apply for a Career Teacher allowance for a period of three years by filing the appropriate application form with the Department of Human Resources.
    4. A teacher must have the building principal verify and sign off on the evidence presented for each of the four areas in the Career Teacher application. The teacher and principal must sign the application indicating that all information and evidence is accurate prior to submitting the application to the Department of Human Resources. 
    5. A renewal application shall be required every three years.
    6. If the teacher changes to a position that is not eligible for the allowance, the allowance may not be renewed; however, and the allowance will continue until it expires.
    7. The allowance will end if
      1. The teacher’s teaching license expires; or
      2. The teacher’s National Board Certification expires, and this certification was the basis for eligibility for the allowance.
    8. The Department of Human Resources staff shall review, verify, and process applications.
    9. A teacher desiring to appeal the decision by the principal may do so by initiating the grievance procedure.

1 Teachers in the Adult Learning Center (ALC) do not receive continuing contracts; however, they do qualify for the Career Teacher Allowance if they meet all other criteria.

School Board Policy 4-35

Adopted by Superintendent: January 26, 2022
Revised by Superintendent: November 13, 2023
Revised by Superintendent: March 20, 2024