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School Board annual organization meeting held; Board chair and vice chair elected

The Hampton School Board held its annual organization meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at Jones Magnet Middle School.


As a part of the procedural activities of the meeting, the School Board elects one of its members as chairman and one member as vice chairman. Dr. Richard Mason was elected to serve his third term as chair and Dr. Tina Banks-Gray was elected to serve her second term as vice chair. Mason is serving his second year of his second term on the School Board. Banks-Gray is presently serving her fourth year of her first term.  


Mason, who was nominated by Joseph Kilgore, is an assistant provost for student support at Hampton University, a licensed professional counselor, and a certified clinical mental health counselor. He has a bachelors and masters degree from Hampton University, an Ed.S. from the College of William & Mary, and a Ph.D. from Regent University. 

“I am honored to receive the nomination and confidence of this board to be selected to serve another term as chairman,” said Mason. “I look forward to continuing the great work we are doing here in the city of Hampton surrounding public education.”


Ann Cherry nominated Tina Banks-Gray for the position of vice-chair.


Banks-Gray is currently the Neighborhood Centers manager for the city of Hampton. She earned her BA in marketing management and MBA Project Management from Bellevue University and recently earned a Doctorate of Education with a concentration in leadership and administration from Bradley University.

Dr. Banks-Gray shared that it is an honor to receive the nomination from Ann Cherry and to be unanimously elected as vice-chair by her peers.

In addition to electing the chair and vice chair, the Board set their meeting calendar through December 2024, and appointed Joy Charbonneau as clerk of the School Board and Carolyn Bowers as deputy clerk. The Board took action on other items including the appointment of Kellie Goral as the Freedom of Information (FOIA) officer and the appointment of deputy superintendent and chief of staff Dr. John Caggiano as the superintendent’s designee to represent the superintendent in his absence. 


The Board also adopted the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Code of Conduct for School Board Members. 

You may visit our website at http://www.hampton.k12.va.us to access the meeting.