The Chamber held its annual Chesapeake State of the Schools breakfast on April 25 at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Nearly 200 members of the business community and school system attended to hear Dr. James Roberts, Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools, provide a closer look into Chesapeake schools’ successes, challenges, and impact on the Hampton Roads community.
“Local support for our education remains strong,” Dr. Roberts declared. “Your school system is a winning school system.” Dr. Roberts announced that Chesapeake Public Schools earned an accredited status by AdvancED,the world’s largest education community, serving more than 30,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States. “We received extraordinary reviews,” he said.
Dr. Roberts applauded the many successes of the schools, teachers and students of Chesapeake Public Schools. “I applaud you for being an integral part of Chesapeake Public Schools,” declared Dr. Roberts.
Dr. Roberts explained five initiatives to advance quality in the school system. These initiatives include:financial management and human relations; school facility improvement; school safety; increasing pupil achievement;and technology and community involvement. A key initiative that Dr. Roberts discussed was financial management. “We have weathered the financial storms of budget cuts,” he said. “But we can’t continue to do more and more with less and less.” Dr. Roberts stressed the importance of funding for K-12.
Dr. Roberts concluded his speech byencouraging all residents of Chesapeake to “be an example…ultimately bring[ing] out the masterpiece in every child.”
In 2010, Dr. Roberts was named Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools. Dr. Roberts began his career in public education more than 40 years ago, working in Portsmouth and then moving to Chesapeake in 1995 as the school division’s director of budget. He currently is an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech and previously was an adjunct instructorat Old Dominion University and at George Washington University.
The Chamber thanks sponsors: Dominion Virginia Power (Superintendent); Cox Communications (Media); and The George Washington University (Honor Roll).