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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.

Political Leave 4-53.3

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 4-53.3


Political Leave

Upon written request to the superintendent, a leave of absence, without pay, may be granted to a staff member for the purpose of serving in public office. The leave of absence will be in effect for the period of time required to carry out the functions of the office to which elected. The length of service may not extend beyond four (4) school years.

  1. Benefits
    1. The employee may continue all benefits in effect for the duration of the leave. The employee will be responsible for making entire premium payments (both employee and employer portions) for health coverage for periods of unpaid leave. Employees should do so by direct payment to the Consolidated Benefits Office (CBO) in advance of each month. If continuation of coverage is not elected within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of notification, coverage will terminate effective the end of the month in which the unpaid leave began. If continuation of coverage is elected but subsequent premiums are not submitted, coverage will terminate at the end of the month for which the last premium was paid.
    2. Employees who are on leave under this Regulation will not accrue annual leave, sick leave, or personal reasons leave. In addition, employees will no longer accrue serviceable retirement time through the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) for any month in which work is not performed.
  2. Return to Work and/or Separation

    A minimum of sixty (60) days prior to the commencement of political leave, the employee shall submit the anticipated dates of absences for the school year to the superintendent or designee. Should additional absences become necessary, the employee must make notification as soon as possible. The superintendent or designee has the right to deny any absences that may negatively affect instructional delivery or Division operations.

    If the employee's leave of absence is for more than twelve consecutive weeks, upon return to work, the employee will be assigned to the first available position for which the employee is qualified. If there are no placement opportunities available within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the employee returns to work, the School Division shall no longer be obligated to the employee, and the employee will be separated from employment. An employee who does not accept the first available position offered shall not be given further consideration and will be separated from employment.

    Instructional employees shall ordinarily return only at semester breaks.

Dougherty County Board of Education v. White, 47 U.S.L.W. 4001, (U.S. Nov. 28, 1978).

Approved by Superintendent: January 18, 1994
Revised by Superintendent: June 5, 2019
Revised by Superintendent: June 30, 2023