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Rob Shuford 

Billy Milton

Billy Milton of Kroger and Rob Shuford of Old Point National Bank VSBA Business Honor Roll honorees

Upon nomination through a Resolution from the Hampton School Board, Billy Milton of the Hampton Kroger and Rob Shuford of Old Point National Bank were recognized by the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Business Honor Roll.

Both gentlemen received a letter and certificate from VSBA and were recognized by the Hampton School Board at a School Board meeting on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

“Our Hampton Kroger, under the leadership of manager Billy Milton, stepped up in a variety of ways during this very challenging 2020-2021 school year, positively impacting the learning experiences of so many of our students,” said Ann Bane, director of community and legislative relations.

Prior to the start of the school year, Kroger partnered with Mark Crump, State Farm Agent and previous Business Honor Roll honoree, to offer a highly visible venue for a school supply drive to benefit Hampton City Schools (HCS) and students. Additionally, they provided a generous contribution of supplies. Subsequently, HCS elected to create and distribute packets of “essential supplies for virtual learners”, relying heavily upon donated materials. When asked, Milton did not hesitate to supply bags for packaging at no cost to the school division.

Ensuring students have access to books is a top priority for Hampton City Schools, even during a global pandemic. The division launched BUSter the Book Bus in order to take library books to students in their communities. Recognizing that not all families could meet BUSter at the appointed time in their respective neighborhoods, HCS wanted to establish a central stop at the end of each run. Hampton City Schools is grateful to Kroger and Milton for enthusiastically, and without hesitation, welcoming BUSter to the Kroger parking lot in Coliseum Central, allowing HCS to reach students who might have otherwise experienced difficulty accessing books.

“This relatively new partnership, made possible by the expanded presence of Kroger in our community, has already proven to be incredibly robust and reliable,” said Bane.
Th HCS partnership with Old Point National Bank (OPNB) is one that is long-standing and substantial. For years, OPNB has consistently participated in school division and community initiatives in support of the priorities and strategic initiatives of Hampton City Schools.

Hampton Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith’s January 2016 LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN Report to the School Board and Community outlined a variety of goals and action steps intended to enhance outcomes for students in Hampton City Schools.

“Increase in literacy for every student” was identified by the superintendent as a key goal in the 2016 report. He wrote, “Realizing the importance of reading and the impact that sound literacy skills have on all aspects of a child’s educational experiences, creating a literacy program which focuses on literacy development from birth to postsecondary will not only further enhance students’ literacy development, but more importantly, such a focus becomes a vital aspect to closing achievement gaps.”

One of many strategies employed to this end is Hampton Reads One Book (HROB), a strategic and highly visible campaign to grow student libraries, provide literacy supports for families, engage our community, and establish that reading is a core value in Hampton.

As the result of a very generous three-year commitment of sponsorship by Old Point National Bank, HCS has been able to provide four different shared reading experiences for all of our PreK-5 families, since Spring 2019. A fifth event was held in March 2021. Every PreK-5 student received a copy of a selected book each semester. Additionally, principals, teachers, and parents learn methods, techniques, and activities to be incorporated in daily practice, even when the month-long experience has been completed. Materials, to include: letters for families, reading schedules, questions, talking points, and suggested activities are provided. Hampton is one big community of readers during each HROB event.

Bane said, “Hampton Reads One Book has been an enormous success over the past two years. To date, 30,000 books have been given to PreK-5 grade students to read together and build their personal libraries. This could not have been accomplished without the generous financial support of Old Point National Bank, and their support has gone far beyond funding. Mr. Shuford takes time from his demanding schedule to participate in the “kick-off video" for each book, reading a portion of the selected title and demonstrating that bank presidents love reading. Further, employees of Old Point participate on our Hampton Reads One Book committee, and the bank provides financial literacy resources in support of the shared experience. We are deeply grateful for the support of HROB, a single example of an enduring relationship with OPNB, an outstanding corporate citizen’.”

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As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law 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 GBAB 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 and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  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 the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(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.


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