The Chamber’s annual Chesapeake State of the Schools breakfast on May 22 at the Chesapeake Conference Center featured Dr. James Roberts, Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools, who provided nearly 150 members of the business community with a closer look into Chesapeake schools’ successes, challenges, and impact on the Hampton Roads community.
“We are grateful that local support for our education system remains strong,” Dr. Roberts stated. “As a result of direct support from the business community, we are meeting our goals.” Dr. Roberts announced that Chesapeake public schools lead the Hampton Roads area with an on-time graduation rate of 91.2%, exceeding the state average
Dr. Roberts applauded the many successes of the schools, teachers and students of Chesapeake Public Schools. He explained six initiatives that will chart a path for a successful future: increasing student achievement; financial management of resources; school facilities; school safety; technology; and community involvement.
A key initiative Dr. Roberts discussed was financial management. “We annually spend less than the state average and well below other schools,” he said. “This is a clear indicator that we use our resources efficiently and as effectively as possible.” Dr. Roberts stressed the importance of local support due to cuts at the federal and state level.
Thanks to sponsors: Dominion Virginia Power (Presenting); and The George Washington University (Gold).