School Board

The nine members of the Chesapeake School Board are elected to at-large seats and represent the entire city. They are elected to four-year staggered terms in May. The chairman and vice-chairman are elected yearly to their positions from the entire board membership to preside over meetings and represent the board at various events and ceremonial functions. The official duties of the School Board include:

  • Instituting policy development for the school division
  • Selecting the superintendent
  • Presenting the financial needs of the school division before the City Council
  • Overseeing the construction and maintenance operations for the school division
  • Supervising the budget, awarding contracts, determining salaries, and overseeing school division accounts
  • Approving the annual school calendar and school operating times
  • Determining school boundaries
  • Monitoring the employment, placement, and promotion of school employees based on the superintendent’s recommendations

Member Profiles

CHAIRMAN
Ms. Victoria L. Proffitt
Term Expires: 06/30/2024
Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322
Contact Information:
757-630-7391 (C)
Mrs. Victoria ProffittVictoria L. Proffitt was elected to the School Board in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 and 2020.  Victoria currently serves as the Chairman of the Chesapeake School Board.  She has served as Chairman since 2018 and served as Vice Chairman from 2016-2018.  She is a native of Hampton Roads and a 30-year resident of Chesapeake.  Victoria is a strong supporter of CPS, where she has raised over $67,500 in donations and $1,750 for After Prom programs for our 7 high schools and started a musical instrument program where she has collected over 100 instruments and over $2,000 for our band and orchestra programs.  Victoria attends and supports all CPS events and functions.  Victoria serves on the Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation Board, the Chesapeake Care Clinic Board of Directors, past member of the WHRO Board of Directors, past Chairman of the Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association Board; current member, Chesapeake Youth Committee School Board Liaison, and the Executive Board of the Miss Chesapeake Pageant.  Victoria is the Treasurer of the Republican Party of Chesapeake since 2016.  Victoria has been a public secondary Mathematics, Anatomy and Spanish teacher, librarian, media specialist, curriculum, and staff development, and honored as Teacher of the Year in 1994.   She is an adjunct Mathematics Professor at Tidewater Community College, does Accounting, Bookkeeping and taxes, and a small business owner.  She received her M.Ed. from George Washington University, B.S. in Mathematics from Norfolk State University, and studied Accounting at Tidewater Community College, Computer Science and Spanish at Old Dominion University and graduated Flight Ground School at Piedmont Aviation.  Victoria devotes a lot of time helping others in need, which brings her great joy.  Victoria enjoys and has played several sports and coached softball for 5 years for Chesapeake Parks and Recreation.  Victoria is a musician and singer, and has served as an orchestra member, children’s choir director, and worship leader for most of her life.   Victoria has one son who graduated from Oscar Smith High School in 2014 and two daughters who graduated from Indian River High School in 2017 and 2019.

VICE CHAIRMAN
Mrs. Colleen C. Leary
Term Expires: 06/30/2022
Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322
Contact Information:
757-549-4583 (H)
Mrs. Colleen LearyMrs. Colleen C. Leary was elected to the School Board in May of 2014 and re-elected in 2018. She is a dedicated, retired educator of 34 years in Chesapeake schools. Her career in education began at the elementary level. She went on to be a reading resource teacher, an instructional specialist teaching effective teaching skills, a gifted education coordinator, an assistant principal, and a principal. Colleen is a lifelong resident of Chesapeake and product of Chesapeake Public Schools from first grade through graduation from Oscar Smith High in 1972. She received her B.S. in elementary education NK-7 from Old Dominion University, her M.S. in reading education and her Certificate of Advanced Study in educational administration and supervision from Old Dominion. She has also completed doctoral courses in educational administration from The George Washington University. Colleen has five children, all graduates of Chesapeake Schools, and four grandchildren. She is a member of River Oak Church where she serves in a variety of capacities, the Central Chesapeake Republican Women’s Club, and the Chesapeake PTA. Colleen is also a homeroom grandparent at her grandson’s school, Butts Road Intermediate.

MEMBER
Mr. Samuel L. Boone, Jr.
Term Expires: 06/30/2024
Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322
Contact Information: 757-558-3003 (C)
Mr. Samuel L. Boone, Jr.Mr. Samuel L. Boone, Jr. was elected to the Chesapeake School Board in May of 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He is a Virginia State Trooper and Recruiter with 20 years of experience. Mr. Boone is a 1995 graduate of Norfolk State University with a B.A. in political science. He is a member of First Baptist Church, South Hill. Mr. Boone is a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Courageous Leadership Award. He was a past member of the Chesapeake Youth Committee and a past board member of Volunteer Advocate for Chesapeake Youth. Mr. Boone is a member of the Grassfield Elementary PTA, a board member of the New Chesapeake Men for Progress, a member of the State Police Association, and also a member of the ECPI Criminal Justice Advisory Board. In Chesapeake, he has mentored numerous students at various schools. He and his wife, Zarmeta, reside in Deep Creek and have twin boys who attend Chesapeake Public Schools.

MEMBER
Patricia Y. King, MD
Term Expires: 06/30/2022
Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322
Contact Information:
757-547-1047
Patricia Y. King, MDPatricia Y. King, MD was elected to the Chesapeake School Board in May of 2018. Prior to attending medical school, she taught science and math in the Norfolk public school system. She is a practicing physician with 30 years of experience. Dr. King graduated from Howard University in 1982, Meharry Medical School in 1989, and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in 1993. Currently she serves as a member of the EVMS Board of Trustees and is a member of the Hurrah Players Board of Directors. Dr. King is the 2014 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from Old Dominion University, and received the Top Doc Award in 2014, 2015, and 2018. She served as the president of The Friends of Hampton Roads, Inc. from 2013 through 2015, and she is currently the president of Hearts 4 Progress, which is a 501c3 community service organization. In addition, she has participated on numerous committees with various organizations in the area including Norfolk Links, the Greater Norfolk Medical Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. King is the proud parent of three adult children.

MEMBER
Mr. Thomas L. Mercer, Sr.
Term Expires: 06/30/2024
Address:
2034 Canning Place
Chesapeake VA 23322
Contact Information:
757-287-8420 (C)
Mr. Thomas L. Mercer, Sr.Mr. Thomas L. Mercer, Sr. has been on the School Board since 1996. He was elected in May 1996 and re-elected in May 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020. He served as Vice Chairman from 2002 to 2004 and from January 2014 to June 30, 2014. He also served as Chairman from July 2004 to July 2008. Mr. Mercer is a lifelong resident of Chesapeake and currently serves as pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Chesapeake.  His previous pastorates were also in Chesapeake: Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and Hickory United Methodist Church.  Among his civic and leadership roles are the following: member of the Hickory Ruritan Club, past Vice Chairman and past board member of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, member of the Board of Advisors of the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation, and a member of the Great Bridge Clergy Association. Mr. Mercer graduated from Indian River High School and received an A.B. degree from Atlantic Christian College and a master of divinity from Duke University. Mr. Mercer and his wife, Susan, have four children who have graduated from Chesapeake Public Schools. They also have two grandsons; one of whom attends Chesapeake Public Schools.

MEMBER
Mr. Harry A. Murphy
Term Expires: 06/30/2022
Address:
947 Unicorn Trail
Chesapeake VA 23322
Contact Information:
757-439-7217 (C)
Mr. Harry A. MurphyMr. Harry A. Murphy was elected to the School Board in May 1998. He was re-elected in May 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. He was elected Vice Chairman in July 2008 and re-elected Vice Chairman in July 2009. In July 2010, he was elected Chairman of the School Board and re-elected Chairman in July 2011. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Commander and is currently the owner of A. Murphy Fence Company. Mr. Murphy has served on a number of service boards including the Board of Directors of the Governor’s School for the Arts and the National Board of Directors of the Military Child Education Coalition. He is very active in his church, serving as a youth leader for seven years. He has coached over 35 youth sports teams. Mr. Murphy received a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a M.S. in education administration from Old Dominion University. He and his wife, Karen, have three children that attended Chesapeake Public Schools and four grandchildren.

MEMBER
Mrs. Christie New Craig
Term Expires: 06/30/2022
Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322
Contact Information:
757-434-3746 (C)
Mrs. Christie New CraigMrs. Christie New Craig was elected to the School Board in May of 2010 and re-elected in May 2014 and 2018. In July of 2012, Mrs. New Craig was elected Vice Chairman of the School Board and re-elected Vice Chairman in July of 2013. She assumed the position of Chairman in January of 2014 and was elected Chairman in July of 2014 and re-elected in July of 2015. She is a resident of Western Branch, a 1985 graduate of Western Branch High School, and currently, Chief of Staff to Senator John A. Cosgrove. Mrs. Craig was a former deputy sheriff under the leadership of Sheriff John R. Newhart for over 15 years and a 1995 graduate of the Chesapeake Police Academy. She is president of Christie’s Catering and Consulting. Mrs. Craig has been involved in her community for most of her life. She was a very active PTA member, past recreational cheering coach, team mom, member of the Financial Committee for the Western Branch Varsity Baseball Team, participant in the Attorney General’s Mentor Program at Carver, and has volunteered for the Senior Services Seminar, Read Across America, and served as a career day speaker. She is a current member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 and in 2006 attended the Sorensen Political Leadership Program through the University of Virginia. She and her husband, Merrill, have three children that attended Chesapeake Public Schools and six grandchildren.

MEMBER
Mrs. Angie Swygert
Term Expires: 06/30/2024
Address:
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake VA 23322
Contact Information:
757-547-1047

Angie Swygert is the newest member of the Chesapeake Public Schools School Board.  Elected to the vacancy on May 19, 2020, Angie brings more than 22 years of financial and campaign management experience to the board.  Having received a B. S. in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in 1998, she has applied her management skills in both the financial and political arenas.  She currently serves as the executive administrator of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, a nonprofit headquartered in Chesapeake, VA.  Angie was born and raised in Chesapeake, graduated from Chesapeake Public Schools, and is a lifelong member of Deep Creek United Methodist Church.  Married for 16 years to Chad, she is the mother of two middle schoolers who are Chesapeake students.  Angie’s top priority is to provide every student with the opportunities and challenges to excel, and has enthusiastically embraced the challenges and changes in today’s evolving educational environment.  The school division is pleased with the addition of Angie and is excited to gain a member with such a long and lasting connection to the city and schools of Chesapeake.

 

 

 


MEMBER
Mr. Michael J. Woods
Term Expires: 06/30/2022
Address:
450 Blue Beech Way
Chesapeake VA 23320
Contact Information:
757-424-9500 (W)
Mr. Michael WoodsMr. Michael J. Woods was elected to the School Board in May of 1998. He was re-elected in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. He was elected Vice Chairman in 2007. He is currently a trial attorney and president of the Law Offices of Michael J. Woods, P.C. Mr. Woods has a law enforcement background with 14 years of service with the Norfolk Police Department. He has also served on a number of committees and boards that include the Chesapeake Youth Committee, Chesapeake Criminal Justice Board, Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, the Governor’s School Board of Directors, and the Hampton Roads Public Education Service Committee. Mr. Woods graduated from Deep Creek High School, received an associate degree from Tidewater Community College, a B.A. from St. Leo College, and the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children.