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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 Library Collections 6-65.1

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 6-65.1

INSTRUCTION

School Library Collections

Library media specialists follow guidelines to develop and maintain school library collections to meet the various needs of students based on the VBCPS Graduate Profile. Library materials are available for voluntary inquiry, based on student choice and are not necessarily approved for classroom instruction.

  1. Collection Objectives
    1. To encourage and support the development of literacy skills for success in school and life by providing informational and recreational reading, viewing or listing materials.
    2. To support and enrich the Virginia Beach City Public Schools curriculum and the Virginia Standards of Learning.
    3. To meet the needs of students and faculty, taking into consideration diverse interests, abilities, backgrounds, reading levels, maturity levels, home languages, and students’ extracurricular interests.
    4. To ensure that every student is able to find materials in their library with which they can connect, though every item in the collection may not connect with every student.
  2. Selection of Materials
    1. The selection of materials involves input from many people, including school staff and students. However, the responsibility for selecting and purchasing library material rests with the professional library media specialists(s), with final approval by the school principal or designee.
    2. School library media specialists are trained to make materials acquisition decisions by analyzing the current collection, identifying needs, and consulting professionally prepared selection aids.
    3. Library media specialists may only select items for inclusion in the collection after identifying at least two favorable reviews about the items, written by trained library professionals and featured in recognized library journals such as Booklist, School Library Journal or others. When reviews are not available, the library media specialist must personally review and evaluate the materials prior to adding them to the collection.
    4. Selection criteria for purchased or donated materials:
      1. Incorporate accurate and authentic factual content from authoritative sources
      2. Exhibit a high degree of potential user appeal and interest
      3. Represent different viewpoints on controversial issues
      4. Provide a global perspective and promote diversity by including materials by authors and illustrators of various cultures
      5. Include a variety of resources in physical and virtual formats
      6. Demonstrate physical format, appearance, and durability suitable to their intended use
      7. Be appropriate for the ages, ability levels, learning styles, and social, emotional, and intellectual development of the students
      8. Lack racial, sex, and gender bias and stereotypes
      9. Balance cost with need
  3. Discard of Materials
    1. Library media specialists analyze the entire collection at least once per year to determine those materials which no longer meet the selection criteria.
    2. Established procedures for the withdrawal and disposal of library materials may be found in the Library Handbook for Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Approved by Superintendent: October 19, 1993
Approved by Superintendent: February 6, 2023