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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.

Technical and Career Education 6-34

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 6-34


Technical and Career Education

  1. Generally

    The School Division shall provide technical and career education within its program of studies. The Superintendent and staff shall plan and make recommendations to the School Board for technical and career education in compliance with the Standards of Quality and the mandated plan for technical and career education approved by the School Board. The Superintendent and staff shall collaborate with business and industry in developing technical and career educational programs and conduct joint enterprises involving personnel, facilities, training programs, and other resources.

  2. Definitions

    Technical and career education: Programs concerned with technical and career education means, their evolution, utilization, and significance; with industry, its organization, personnel, systems, techniques, resources, and products; and their social/ cultural impact, providing organized instruction in theory and practice designed to develop skills, knowledge, attitudes, work habits and leadership to prepare individuals to enter and make progress in occupations of their choice.

  3. Goals

    Several goals establish the framework for technical and career education in Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

    1. Integrate academic and technical and career education program, aligning SOLs with course competencies.
    2. Provide a comprehensive career education program K-12.
    3. Increase awareness and understanding of technical and career education.
    4. Coordinate technical and career education program into sequences leading to diverse and flexible academic and career opportunities.
    5. Expand efforts to place students in related employment or postsecondary educational opportunities.
    6. Provide for the technical and career education needs of all student populations, including gifted, special education, disadvantaged and at-risk.
    7. Develop and implement industry certified programs with credentials that meet the demands of the changing workforce.
    8. Develop and implement Virginia Workplace Readiness skills for the Commonwealth in all program areas.
    9. All Technical and Career Education programs/courses will be aligned with a National Career and Technical Education Exemplary.
  4. Building Trades Projects
    1. On Campus

      The party purchasing a project built in the building trades class will purchase the materials used in the construction of the project.

      The project will be moved to the site for use by the party making the purchase.

    2. Off Campus

      Any project to be constructed by a building trades class other than at the school will need special permission by the Director of Technical and Career Education who shall insure the safety of the students and staff on the project and check to be sure there is liability insurance coverage and consult the Office of Risk Management to protect the school system from liability for activities of students and staff.

    3. No Warranties On or Off Campus

      There are no warranties or guarantees, and each project is sold "as is with all faults" whether the project is constructed on or off campus. Persons for whom such work is to be done are to sign a form releasing the School Board from liability. Consult the division’s legal counsel and Office of Risk Management during the planning process.

  5. Work on Non-School Owned Vehicles and Equipment

    As part of their training in the vocational education program, students may work on non-school owned equipment and vehicles. The School Board shall assume no liability for such work by students. Persons for whom such work is to be done are to sign a form releasing the School Board from liability.

  6. Use of School Shops

    Students and adults shall be prohibited from using the school shops for personal purposes.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-253-13:1, as amended, Standard 1, Instructional programs supporting the Standards of Learning and other educational objectives.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-234, as amended, Acquisition of sites for projects; sale of completed projects and other school board property.

Virginia Board of Education Regulations, 8 VAC 20-120,et seq., as amended. Regulations Governing Career and Technical Education Regulations.

Virginia Board of Education Regulations, 8 VAC 20-131-270, as amended. School and Community Communications

Adopted by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: September 15, 1998
Amended by School Board: June 6, 2006
Amended by School Board: April 18, 2017
Amended by School Board: February 13, 2024