School Board agendas are available for review online and at city public libraries by the Monday preceding each meeting. For more information call (757) 591-7416.

Regular Board Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. and Work Sessions at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at the NNPS Administration Building, 12465 Warwick Boulevard (unless otherwise noted). All meetings of the School Board are open to the public.


Newport News School Board

Gary Hunter

Gary B. Hunter
Chairman

Mr. Hunter is the director of development at Hampton University. He is a member of numerous community organizations and is a strong proponent of preparing students to be college and career-ready. He has served on the School Board since 2014.

(757) 833-7544
Gary.Hunter@nn.k12.va.us

Douglas C. Brown

Douglas C. Brown
Vice-Chairman

Mr. Brown is a statistical consultant to the federal government. A former educator, he is a product of public schools and has a passion for STEM education and technology. He was served on the School Board since 2014.

(757) 750-0853
Douglas.Brown@nn.k12.va.us

Dr. Terri L. Best

Dr. Terri L. Best

Dr. Best is a retired Newport News public school administrator and a graduate of NNPS. She is actively involved in many community activities and is an advocate for youth development. Dr. Best was elected to the School Board in May 2018.

(757) 696-0971
Terri.Best@nn.k12.va.us

John R. Eley, III

John R. Eley, III

Mr. Eley is a local business owner and a graduate of Newport News Public Schools. He is an advocate of arts education. He was elected to the School Board in May 2016.

(757) 768-1433
John.Eley@nn.k12.va.us

Marvin L. Harris

Marvin L. Harris

Mr. Harris is a training manager for the Department of Defense. He retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service. He is active in many service organizations. He was elected to the School Board in May 2016.

(757) 870-4916
Marvin.Harris@nn.k12.va.us

Shelly Simonds

Shelly A. Simonds

Ms. Simonds is a former educator and school PTA president. She is a strong supporter of STEM education and nutrition programs for all students. Ms. Simonds has served on the School Board since 2012.

(757) 254-8781
Shelly.Simonds@nn.k12.va.us

Lisa R. Surles-Law

Lisa R. Surles-Law

Ms. Surles-Law is a science education administrator at Jefferson Lab. She is a member of numerous professional and community organizations and is a strong proponent of STEM education and teacher professional development. Ms. Surles-Law was elected to the School Board in May 2018.

(757) 828-5684
Lisa.SurlesLaw@nn.k12.va.us

Mireya Jones

Mireya I. Jones

Miss Jones is the student representative to the School Board for the 2018-2019 school year. She is a senior at Woodside High School. Miss Jones is a member of the Student Advisory Group on Education, the City-Wide SCA and Student to Student; she also serves as a section leader in the Woodside Chamber Orchestra and as Vice President of the Tri M Honor Society. She is a member of the Die Meistersingers and the Jubilee Chorale.


Clerk of the Board

You may contact Clerk of the Board Kim Hinton at (757) 591-7416 or by e-mail at kim.hinton@nn.k12.va.us.


Procedure for Citizens Addressing the School Board

The Newport News School Board conducts a regular meeting each month. The Board welcomes input from the public. Each regular meeting provides two opportunities for public comments from individuals addressing topics not appearing on the agenda. The first audience with the public, not to exceed 30 minutes, is at the beginning of the meeting following the opening ceremonies and Board recognitions and honors. The second opportunity to speak is toward the end of the meeting, following the Reports/Information section of the agenda.

Cards are available upon entering the meeting for individuals wishing to address the Board. They should fill out the card with name, address, and the topic on which they wish to speak, and return it to the agenda table. Individuals will be recognized by the School Board Chairman in the order the cards were received. Comments should be limited to a three-minute timeframe. A light system will display a green light when the speaker begins, a yellow light with 30 seconds remaining, and a red light to indicate the end of the three minutes. The Chairman will rule on such matters as the appropriateness of the subject being presented and the suitability of the time for such a presentation.