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Dr. Jeffery Smith
HCS Superintendent

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Pam Bagley 727-2030
Executive Assistant

HCS Superintendent Dr. Jeffery SmithDr. Jeffery Smith is a Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Union University, wherehe earned a B.A. degree in English Education, and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a Master of Education degree in Education Administration and Supervision. Dr. Smith is also a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

As an educator for more than 25 years, Dr. Smith has worked as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and as an assistant superintendent in the areas of academic and instructional services, and as a superintendent. His combined experiences have afforded him the opportunity to work as an instructional leader at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and at the central administration level in rural, suburban and urban educational settings ranging from student enrollments of 800 to 32,000 students.

Dr. Smith began his tenure as superintendent of Hampton City Schools on July 15, 2015. During his previous seven years as the superintendent with the Town of West Point Public Schools in Virginia, the school division was recognized at the state and national levels for the students' stellar academic achievement. The West Point Public Schools was named the Highly Distinguished Title I School Division for high academic achievement for three consecutive years. It was the only division in the commonwealth to earn this recognition in 2013, and one of only two school divisions in January 2014 and January 2015. Under Dr. Smith's leadership as superintendent with West Point Public Schools, the West Point High School earned the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Award.

Also, during Dr. Smith's leadership, the school division strengthened its dual enrollment program with the local community college, which increased students' dual enrollment from 72 to 151 college credits with nine percent of the Class of 2014 earning an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences, 71 percent of the students earned an Advanced Studies Diploma, 97 percent of the Class of 2014 was on-time graduates and 10 percent of the Class of 2015 earned an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences.

Under Dr. Smith's leadership as superintendent with the Hampton City Schools, the school division has strengthened its dual enrollment program with Thomas Nelson Community College, to date yielding a 430 percent increase in the number of dual enrollment credits taken by HCS students, the dropout rate has decreased from 5.1 percent to 2.8 percent, the Hampton City community has earned the distinction of being the first Ford Next Generation Learning Community in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of 23 in the nation and the number of schools fully accredited is at its highest level in five years. 

Additionally, Dr. Smith has served as an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His professional presentations at state conferences and panel discussions include topics ranging from Effective Change/Creating 21st Century Schools, Closing the Achievement Gap to Designing and Implementing Effective Instructional Programs. Dr. Smith is the co-author of a book entitled A Principal’s Guide to Literacy Instruction that was published by Guilford Publishing.

Dr. Smith has received numerous recognitions and has been featured at the state and national levels for his student achievement, community leadership and for his work as an educator. He was in a special edition of Ebony (1988) entitled Save the Children!  Dr. Smith was featured as one of “Ten Achievers.” He has also been featured in Educational Pathways (2007) for his achievement as an educator in a featured story entitled “The Journey Continues.” 

Dr. Smith's civic engagement is one of continued leadership. He strongly believes the school division has a greater impact when there are strong community partnerships. To this end, he is a member of the following boards: Sentara Healthcare, Smart Beginnings, Virginia Air and Space Center, a member of the Region V Go Virginia Council and president-elect of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. 

For the past 12 years, Dr. Smith has served on the Board of Trustees for the Williamsburg Health Foundation with an endowment that exceeded $115 million. He served two-year terms both as vice chairman and chairman of the Board of Trustees respectively. He has also served as president of the Rotary Club of West Point, Chairman of the School-University Network (SURN) of William and Mary College.

Dr. Smith was selected by his colleagues in the Region III Superintendent Study Group as the 2013 Superintendent of the Year for its region.

Dr. Smith is married to the former Lorianne Samuel of Caroline County, a public school educator. They have two children, a daughter who is a graduate of Christopher Newport University (CNU), who is currently a graduate student at the Eastern Virginia Medical College and a son who is a sophomore at Bridgewater College.  


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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA  23669 or (757) 727-2300.  



Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.