Roanoke City School Board

Type: Board

Meeting Frequency: First and Third Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m., 40 Douglass Avenue, N. W.

Contact: Rita Huffman, (540) 853-2381; [email protected]

Members: Seven (7)

MemberTerm of OfficeEligible for Reappointment
Mark K. Cathey06/30/24No
Natasha N. Saunders06/30/26Yes
Elizabeth S. Jamison06/30/26No
Joyce W. Watkins06/30/25Yes
Diane S. Casola06/30/24Yes
Mary Apel06/30/25Yes
Michael L. Cherry, II06/30/24Yes


The school board members of the city school board shall be a body corporate under the name and style of the School Board of the City of Roanoke, and shall have all of the powers, perform all of the duties and be subject to all of the limitations now provided, or which may hereafter be provided by law in regard to school boards of cities and except that all real estate with the buildings and improvements thereon heretofore or hereafter purchased with money received from the sale of bonds of this city, appropriated by the Council or received from any other source for the purpose of public education, shall be the property of the City of Roanoke, unless such money so received from any other source be received on other conditions.

The school board shall transmit to the Council and to the City Manager a detailed statement of all moneys received by the board or placed to its credit. Separate accounts shall be kept by the board of moneys appropriated by the Council, and moneys received from other sources, and every such statement shall show the balance of each class of funds on hand or under control of the board as of the date thereof.

The school board shall on or before March 15 each fiscal year prepare and submit to the Council or its designee for its information in making up its proposed annual budget a detailed estimate, in such form as the council or its designee shall require, of the amount of money required for the conduct of the public schools of the city for the ensuing fiscal year, with an estimate of the amount of all funds which will probably be received by the board for the purpose of public education from sources other than appropriations by the Council.

The Council may, at its discretion, by ordinance provide for an audit of the affairs and records of the School Board by the Municipal Auditor or by any other competent person or firm selected by the Council.

The seven (7) School Trustees now in office shall continue until the end of the term for which they were respectively elected. The Council shall elect trustees for terms of three (3) years. Any vacancy in the office of School Trustee shall be filled, by the Council, for the unexpired term.

See Section 56, Powers and Duties of the School Board, of the Charter of the Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended.

See Chapter 9, Education, of the Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended.