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The School Board of the City of Norfolk is a seven-member group of citizens appointed by the City Council. Each member is appointed for a three-year term.
The group is charged with setting policies, which assure the proper administration of the educational programs of Norfolk Public Schools. The Board also approves the hiring of a staff to administer and carry out the policies and approves the budget that is necessary to implement the educational program. The only legal requirement for School Board membership is that the person resides in the city of Norfolk.
Members of the School Board come from various sections of the city of Norfolk. Consequently, the Board is a cross-section of the city and truly represents all of Norfolk's citizens. They are business persons, lawyers, homemakers, doctors, ministers, and others who share a common interest in the public schools of the city and are willing to volunteer their time to serve on the School Board.
School Board meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month in the school administration building. All of the board meetings will be evening meetings with the formal open session beginning at 7:00 p.m. The closed executive session of the Board begins at 4:00 p.m. All School Board meetings will be held in the School Administration Building, 800 East City Hall Avenue, Room 1202, unless otherwise indicated. For further information, please contact the School Board office at (757) 628-3994.
On occasion, when special meetings are called or when other times and places for regular meetings become necessary, such changes are publicly announced in local newspapers. All meetings are open to the public, except for executive sessions, which may be held for discussing items as specified in the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.