School Board Member Vacancy

District news story update, January 25, 2022:

On Monday, January 24, the School Board appointed Mr. Louis Tayon to fill the vacated seat.

This district news story was updated January 6, 2022.

Due to the election of School Board Chair Victoria L. Proffitt to Commissioner of the Revenue for the City of Chesapeake, the School Board of the City of Chesapeake has a vacancy. The term of the seat vacated by Ms. Proffitt expires on December 31, 2024.

According to State Code (Va. Code § 24.2-226 and §24.2-228), because the vacancy is for the remaining three years of a four year term and will thus extend beyond the next general election, the Board is permitted to select a candidate to serve as an interim for the first year of the term, through December 2022, and petition the circuit court for a writ of special election to coincide with the next general election. The Circuit Court then enters an order allowing the public to elect a candidate to fill the remaining two years of the term, through December 2024.

At the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 10, 2022, the Chesapeake School Board will receive public comment on filling the vacant position on the School Board. The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the School Administration Building, 312 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Virginia. All registered speakers will be allowed the customary three minutes. Candidates are welcome to speak in favor of their own candidacy.

Persons who wish to address the Board on this matter may register to speak by calling the Office of the Clerk of the School Board at 757-547-1047.

The following citizens expressed interest in the interim seat (through December 2022).  Candidates are listed in the order in which their applications were received.

  1. Louis Tayon
  2. Gayle Gilmore
  3. Dr. Todd Wagner
  4. Dr. Brittany Walker
  5. Dr. Teresa Habib
  6. Xiaoli “Charlie” Yuan
  7. Gregory Dono
  8. Clarine Allen
  9. Dr. James Bane
  10. Kristen Donahoe
  11. Nicole Unruh
  12. Jenelle Drake
  13. Nicole Gard
  14. Dr. Sarah Davis
  15. Brooke Strickland
  16. Dwayne Skolski
  17. Tiffany Thompson
  18. Cathlene Uhl
  19. Brian Economy
  20. Michelle Ouellette 
  21. Steve Denbow
  22. Dr. D. Jean Jones
  23. Melissa White-McMillan
  24. Dr. Richard Moriarty
  25. Adrianne Dettloff
  26. Jane McKlveen


Persons who expressed interest in filling the interim seat (through December 2022) were asked to submit the following items to Dr. Angie Smith, Clerk of the Board, no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 5, 2022*.  

  • Letter of Interest (maximum of one page)
  • Resume (maximum of one page)

In addition, all candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be a current resident of the City of Chesapeake
  • Must be willing to submit to a background investigation
  • Must not be currently employed by Chesapeake Public Schools (full or part time)
  • Must agree to refrain from running for a four year School Board seat during the November 1, 2022 General Election
  • Must agree to refrain from running for the two year School Board seat during the November 1, 2022 Special Election

Submissions are no longer being accepted.

*Please note, all items had to be received in the Office of the Clerk by the actual deadline (postmark does not govern).