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School Board Members

Diane M. Casola
Mark K. Cathey
Michael L. Cherry, II
Eli C. S. Jamison, Ph.D., Vice Chairperson

Natasha N. Saunders
Lutheria H. Smith, Chairperson
Joyce W. Watkins

School Board Priorities
- Achieve academic excellence for all students. 
- Ensure the safest schools for our students and staff. 
- Attract, train, and retain the best staff for our urban Division. 
- Ensure efficient use, maintenance, and improvement of the
  Division's facilities and infrastructure. 
- Enhance arts, athletics and extracurricular activities.

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School Board Overview
Article VIII, Section 7, of the Constitution of Virginia establishes the legal basis for local school boards by providing that, "The supervision of schools in each school division shall be vested in a school board to be composed of members selected in the manner, for the term, possessing the qualifications, and to the number provided by law."

Code of Virginia
Title 22.1.
Education Chapter 5. School Boards; Selection, Qualification and Salaries of Members

§ 22.1-29. - Qualifications of members.

Each person appointed or elected to a school board shall, at the time of his appointment or election, be a qualified voter and a bona fide resident of the district from which he is selected if appointment or election is by district or of the school division if appointment or election is at large; and if he shall cease to be a resident of such district or school division, his position on the school board shall be deemed vacant.

Code 1950, §§ 22-68, 22-90; 1959, Ex. Sess., c. 78; 1969, Ex. Sess., c. 25; 1980, c. 559; 1997, c. 727.

In the City of Roanoke, School Board members are appointed by City Council for a three-year term of office. The terms of the seven-member Board are staggered, and no more than three Board seats are appointed each year. Board members may apply for reappointment to the Board and serve a maximum of three three-year terms.
The Clerk's Office for the City of Roanoke (540-853-2541) provides information regarding the qualifications required of a prospective Board member.
School Board Duties and Responsibilities
The School Board shall:
  • Provide a program of quality instruction.
  • Manage and direct the school system through the employment and evaluation of the superintendent, establishment of policy, and monitoring of budget, bond elections, fiscal accounting, tax and debt management, and plant construction and renovation.
  • Guide the school system through the adoption of policies related to fiscal management, facilities development, personnel, instruction, students, and school/community/education agency relations.
  • Enhance communications between community and staff by ensuring the public understands school system goals and programs; secure public support for the schools; promote the public's presence in the schools; establish effective communications with staff; encourage citizen attendance at Board meetings; and ensure response to public concerns. 
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40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 Phone 540-853-2502