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School Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The first meeting of the month is a regular meeting and is televised live on Cox Cable Channel 46 and FIOS Channel 20. This meeting is held at Jones Magnet Middle School, 1819 Nickerson Blvd. The second meeting of the month is a work session and is not televised. This meeting is held at the Ruppert Sargent Building at One Franklin Street. Both meetings are open to the public and begin at 6:30 p.m.

For further information contact Carolyn Bowers, Clerk of the Board at 757-727-2011

The Hampton School Board is composed of seven members.  The Chair and Vice Chair are selected by the Board at the annual Organizational Meeting in July.  Elections are held on the first Tuesday in May and members are elected by the citizens of Hampton to four-year terms in staggered elections in even years.

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Mission Statement: Actively represent the community to focus support for every child’s success.

School Board Goals 2014

Strategic Goal #1 Maximize every child’s learning

  • Support hiring quality teachers
  • Support implementation of first phase of one-to-one initiative

Strategic Goal #2 Create safe and nurturing environments

  • Engage in monthly school site visits
  • Maintain focus on facilities and re-institute school improvement panel

Strategic Goal #5 Maintain effective, efficient and innovative support systems

  • Technology accessibility for all students

School Board Attorney – Nanci Reaves, 757-727-4913 e-mail: nreaves@hampton.k12.va.us
Clerk of the Board – Carolyn Bowers, 727-2011 e-mail: cbowers @hampton.k12.va.us

(mmugler@sbo.hampton.k12.va.us) (757) 850-3954
Director of Administration, Court Services - Hampton Sheriff’s Office, Elected 7/1/08
Mrs. Mugler represents the city At-Large

Representing districts At-Large, Mrs. Mugler was elected to the School Board in 2008.  Mugler is known as a staunch community advocate and volunteer.  Her goals for Hampton City Schools focus on raising student achievement, administration and faculty accountability and decreasing the dropout rate.  A former board member for Downtown Hampton Child Development Center and longtime advocate for early childhood education, she believes that the best course of action for addressing the dropout problem begins with providing our youngest students with quality early learning opportunities.  She is also committed to the building of new schools while maintaining and updating the district’s existing facilities.  As a mother of three (3), she is a proponent of the Hampton City School’s Compass Initiative and devoted to providing personalized learning plans for all students.  Mrs. Mugler knows it is important to attract and retain highly qualified teachers for our schools and supports adequate and competitive pay. 


(jkilgore@hampton.k12.va.us) (757) 850-8723
Vice Chair
Engineer, Huntington Ingalls Indusries, Inc., Elected 5/4/10
Mr. Kilgore represents the Chesapeake District, Seat A

Representing the Chesapeake Bay District, Joseph Kilgore was elected to the School Board in 2010.  A lifetime resident of Hampton and Kecoughtan High School graduate, Mr. Kilgore attended Old Dominion University and received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He works for Huntington Ingalls Indusries, Inc. in Submarine Engineering.  Mr. Kilgore has years of parental involvement in the Hampton City School system and is known for his significant volunteer efforts within the community.  His goals for Hampton City Schools are to maximize student achievement, increase school safety, increase parental and community involvement, attract and retain the highest quality employees, and ensure that the fiscal and physical resources of the division are effectively used.  Mr. Kilgore is married with two daughters and one son.

(lharper@sbo.hampton.k12.va.us) (757) 838-4679
Retired, Elected 7/1/94
Mr. Harper represents the Hampton Roads District, Seat B

A native Hamptonian and Vietnam veteran, Linwood "Butch" Harper represents the Hampton Roads District. He is an environmental consultant and community leader, holding a B.S. degree from Norfolk State University. His board experience includes the City of Hampton Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the City of Hampton Voluntary Action Center (VAC) Board. He is the commissioner & co-founder of the Aberdeen Athletic Association, Inc. and is a youth director with the Boo Williams Basketball League. Mr. Harper is a member of the Youth Football and Basketball Commissioners, City of Hampton. He is married with two daughters.


(phenry@sbo.hampton.k12.va.us) (757) 851-1578
Retired Educator
Elected 7/1/04

Ms. Henry represents the Chesapeake District, Seat C

Phyllis Henry holds a BA in modern European history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master in Education from the University of Virginia. She retired as principal of Phoebus High School after 30 years in Hampton City Schools as a teacher and administrator. She serves as chair of the HRETA Board for WHRO and on the Board of Healthy Families, Inc. Ms. Henry is a member and Past President of the Phoebus Civic Association, The Woman's Club of Hampton, and Kiwanis By the Bay. She serves as Kiwanis advisor for the AKtion Club at the Arc of the Peninsula. She has one daughter, a graduate of Hampton City Schools. Ms. Henry actively supports career and technical education, as well as the highest standards for all of our students and schools.

(dpearson@sbo.hampton.k12.va.us) (757) 722-1347
Retired Educator, Appointed 11/7/07, Elected 7/1/08
Mr. Pearson represents the Hampton Roads District, Seat C

William "Dave" Pearson was appointed to the School Board in November of 2007 and elected to serve a four year term on May 6, 2008. A native Hamptonian, Pearson spent 32 years in the Hampton School System as a teacher and administrator. After retirement, he worked as a consultant with the Virginia Department of Education and as a coordinator with the Pre-Service Teacher Program sponsored by NASA Langley Research Center, the National Institute of Aerospace and three successive universities. He and his wife, Elaine, have four children.


(jphillips@hampton.k12.va.us) (757) 723-3034
Homemaker, Elected 5/4/10
Mrs. Phillips represents the Hampton Roads District, Seat A

Jennifer Phillips represents the Hampton Roads District and was elected to a four year term in 2010. Ms. Phillips graduated from DePaul School of Professional Nursing and is very active in the community. She has served on the Board of the Armstrong PTA, the Hampton Council of PTAs and the Norfolk City Union of The King's Daughters. In addition, Ms. Phillips has served on the Board of Directors for King's Daughters, as well as in the capacity of Membership Chair, Education Chair and Fundraising Chair. She is a homemaker and the proud parent of three children who attend Hampton City Schools.


(757) 850-6690
Engineer,  McSmith Engineering Elected May 1, 2012
Ms. Smith represents the Chesapeake District, Seat B

Ms. Smith was elected to a four year term in 2012 and represents the Chesapeake District.  A graduate of Virginia Tech, she is self-employed as a licensed professional engineer with her own consulting business, McSmith Engineering.  Ms. Smith has served as an active volunteer for over 13 years and served four years as the president of the Hampton Council of PTAs.  Her top three issues are fiscal leadership and responsibility, steadfast school discipline and safety, and increased parental involvement.  Ms. Smith and her husband Kevin have a daughter Brooke and a son Hayden.


Ja’Rae Bolton
Student Liaison
Appointment Term 2013-2014

Ja’Rae, a senior at Phoebus High School, attends all of the open School Board meetings.  Her primary responsibility is to represent the voice of Hampton students on issues and policies that directly affect the student body by playing an active role in board discussions.  Some of Ja’Rae’s activities include the Drama Club, Basketball, Marching Band, Mock Trial, the Debate Team and GearUp.  Ja’Rae is also active in her church.

Amelia Flannery
Student Liaison Alternate
Appointment Term 2013-2014

Amelia, a senior at Kecoughtan High School, serves as the alternate for the Student Liaison to the Board.  Her duties are to attend Board meetings in the absence of the Student Liaison.  Amelia’s activities include Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Rho Kappa Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, and Latin Club.  Amelia also volunteers with the Hampton Clean City Commission.