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 5:00 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

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

Lisa R. Surles-Law

Lisa R. Surles-Law Vice-Chairman

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

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

Douglas C. Brown

Douglas C. Brown

Mr. Brown is a data scientist in the financial industry. As a product of public schools, and a former educator, he believes in the power of public education to drive economic growth locally and generationally. Mr. Brown has a passion for STEM education and has served on the School Board since 2014.

(757) 750-0853

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

Marvin L. Harris

Marvin L. Harris

Mr. Harris is a training executive for the Department of Defense. He retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years with 35 years of continued service to our nation. He is active in many service organizations and is a strong advocate of early childhood education. He believes that "we have to meet every child where they are." Mr. Harris was elected to the School Board in May 2016.

(757) 870-4916

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

Nyzaiah Q. Gore

Nyzaiah Q. Gore

Mr. Gore is the student representative to the School Board for the 2019-2020 school year. He is a senior at Warwick High School. Mr. Gore is a member of the Warwick High Principal's Advisory Committee, Model UN, and the Battle of the Brains academic team. He also serves on the City-Wide SCA.

Clerk of the Board

You may contact Clerk of the Board Tiffany Moore-Buffaloe at (757) 591-7416 or by e-mail at

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.