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Dr. Smith began his tenure as superintendent of Hampton City Schools (HCS) on July 15, 2015. Prior to his employment with Hampton City Schools, he served as the superintendent of the Town of West Point Public Schools for seven years.

Under his leadership as superintendent with the Hampton City Schools, academic success is the highest it has been in decades. For the first time in Hampton City Schools history, 100% of the division’s 29 schools are accredited without conditions. The school division has strengthened its dual enrollment program with Thomas Nelson Community College, to date yielding a 642% increase in the number of dual enrollment credits taken by HCS students. The on-time graduation rate has increased from 88% for the class of 2015 to 92.73% for the class of 2019. The dropout rate has decreased from 5.1% for the class of 2015 to 1.26% for the class of 2019. In addition, the Hampton City community has earned the distinction of being the first Ford Next Generation Learning Community in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dr. Smith firmly believes in the school division’s mission of ensuring academic excellence for every child, every day, whatever it takes. As such, over the past four years, he has co-chaired the Academies of Hampton’s operating and steering committees to transform the four high schools from five pocket academies to 16 wall-to-wall academies and from 18 to 41 career pathways. The Academies provide young people opportunities based on high-demand, high-wage jobs aligned with regional and state workforce data. He believes this transformation will ultimately prepare young people to be college, career and life ready. This important work was featured in the 2018 State of the Region report for Hampton Roads as The Next Generation of Learning in Hampton Roads, as well as The Center for American Progress as one of the four models working across the country in high school redesign.

Dr. Smith's civic engagement is one of continued leadership. He strongly believes the school division has a greater impact when there are strong community partnerships. To this end, he is a member of the following boards: Sentara Healthcare, Smart Beginnings of the Virginia Peninsula, Virginia Air and Space Center, VersAbility Resources, and a member of the Region V GO Virginia Council. He served as the president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) from May 2018 to May 2019 and was the superintendent-in-charge for New Horizons Regional Education Centers from July 2017 to June 2019. Smith is a 2017-2018 graduate of the Civic Leadership Institute.

Dr. Smith served 12 years on the Board of Trustees for the Williamsburg Health Foundation with an endowment that exceeded $115 million and held the offices of vice chairman and chairman of the Board of Trustees respectively. He has also served as president of the Rotary Club of West Point and Chairman of the School-University Research Network (SURN) for the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Smith is a recipient of the 2019 Peninsula Humanitarian Award from the Peninsula Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (February 2019) and the recipient of the 2019 Trailblazer Award from the 100 Black Men of Virginia Peninsula, Inc. (April 2019).  He was also named the Region II Superintendent of the Year (2018-2019) and the 2020 Virginia Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Smith is married to Lorianne Samuel Smith of Caroline County, a public school educator. They have two children, a daughter who is a graduate of Christopher Newport University and Eastern Virginia Medical School with a Master's Degree in Public Health Policy and Management and a son who is a graduate of Bridgewater College. 





Dr. John Caggiano began his position as deputy superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment for Hampton City Schools on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Caggiano has more than 25 years of educational experience and previously served as the executive director of school leadership for HCS for four years. In this role, he supervised 11 schools, as well as the Division’s Title I program.  He also managed the Division’s Title II grant and served as the Project Team Lead for the HCS/Old Dominion University administrative cohort.

Dr. Caggiano began his teaching career at Paul Burbank Elementary School, where he taught 4th and 5th grades. He served as an assistant principal at Syms Middle School before becoming principal of Asbury Elementary. In addition, he served as the principal of Syms Middle School for three years before serving as the principal of Westside Elementary School in Isle of Wight County Schools for four years.

Dr. Caggiano is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, and has served in a similar role at the College of William & Mary.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University and early childhood certification from Norfolk State University. He earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Doctorate of Educational Administration from the College of William & Mary.

He has presented on a variety of educational topics across Virginia, and was named the HCS Teacher of the Year in 1998. Caggiano also co-authored a book on formative assessment leadership. 





CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (School Operations & Maintenance)

Dr. Daniel Bowling began his position as the chief operations officer for Hampton City Schools on Aug 1, 2018.

Dr. Bowling previously served over nine years as the principal of Jones Magnet Middle School, which under his leadership was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. 

Prior to serving Hampton City Schools, Dr. Bowling held the position of principal for five years and assistant principal for six years, all in Warsaw, Virginia. He started in Warsaw as the director of food services and held that position for six years.  As the director of food services, he monitored the district’s cafeterias and cafeteria staff, helped design and facilitate in-service staff programs, evaluated facilities for upgrades, conducted the food bid process, and awarded contracts.

He began his career in education as a secondary science teacher at Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia. There he taught Earth Science and biology for seven years working with gifted, remedial, special needs, and at-risk students.  In addition to his career in education, he has served on the front-line in maintenance, construction, and roofing.

Dr. Bowling is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in science education. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in curriculum and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctor of education in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Having over 28 years of experience in education, he exhibits a clear understanding of the field. He was an award recipient of the 2016 Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) RISE and is a part of three professional affiliations – National Association of Secondary School Principals, Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

As the HCS chief operations officer, Dr. Bowling oversees school operations and support functions in alignment with the division’s strategic goals and objectives.  He ensures the provision of quality products and services throughout the lifecycle of assigned projects, as well as closely monitors expenditure requests as they relate to the Capital Improvement Plan.  Dr. Bowling works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to keep current on the latest operational trends and research as it relates to education and refining the division’s crisis management plan.

Dr. Bowling provides supervision to Maintenance and Capital Outlay, Energy Management, as well as Transportation and Security. He serves as the liaison between the custodial services provider and the Hampton City Schools administration.






Ms. Brittany Dortch began her position as the chief financial officer for Hampton City Schools on August 28, 2018.

Prior to HCS she was the chief financial officer for Portsmouth Public Schools, Ms. Dortch was responsible for overseeing the budget, finance, and purchasing departments.  She developed and implemented fiscal policies and procedures to include, but not limited to, operational budget, accounting, payroll, internal controls, employee benefits, workmen’s compensation, and insurance programs.  During her tenure with Portsmouth Public Schools, she also was the director of accounting where she implemented new Workmen’s Compensation procedures and formal travel procedures as well as improved payroll processing to decrease overtime.

Prior to her position with the Portsmouth Public Schools, Ms. Dortch held the position of an external auditor for six years with KPMG, LLP where she represented clients such as Continental Automotive Systems Inc., the U.S. Coast Guard, Plasser American Corporation, DaiEi Paper USA Corp., Norfolk Public Schools, and Operation Smile. In her role she performed internal control testwork over cash receipts, cash disbursements, payroll and entity level controls.  She executed substantive audit procedures over significant accounts such as revenue, debt, liabilities, income statement expenses, and taxes, as well as performed audits of employee benefits plans.

Ms. Dortch has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hampton University and a master’s in accountancy from Old Dominion University.  She is a certified public accountant with the Commonwealth of Virginia and has professional affiliations with the Association of School Business Officials, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as been a national instructor with KPMG, LLP.

Having experience in finance from the public sector and at the public school level, she exhibits a clear understanding of financial operations.  Her career encompasses vast experiences as an exemplary accounting professional.

Ms. Dortch oversees budget development, control and long-range financial planning, as well as all related accounting and payroll functions.  She identifies and investigates potential funding sources to accommodate the needs of the school system within the constraints of the operating and capital budgets. 

Ms. Dortch also works collaboratively with Hampton City officials to assure cooperation between their financial organizations and the school system’s financial components, as well as serve on the City budget committee as the school division representative. 

As the HCS chief financial officer, Dortch provides supervision to the Department of Business and Finance, including the operations of accounting, budget, and payroll, as well as the Department of Food and Nutrition Services.






Dr. Raymond Haynes was promoted to executive director of school leadership in May, 2014. With more than 20 years of educational experience, Dr. Haynes previously served as the principal of Kecoughtan High School. He also served as the assistant principal of Aberdeen Elementary prior to serving as principal of Booker Elementary, Tucker-Capps Elementary and Eaton Middle School. He was the inaugural principal for Phenix Pre-K-8 School.


Dr. Haynes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and education from Christopher Newport University, a master’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University and received his endorsement in education administration from the University of Virginia. He earned an Education Specialist degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership from Old Dominion University (ODU), which also recognized him as the most outstanding doctoral student. He serves as an adjunct professor at ODU.

Dr. Haynes enjoys spending time with his daughter, who attends school in our Division.






Dr. Anita Owens has been serving as an executive director of school leadership since July 1, 2015.

A Hampton native, she has more than 30 years of educational experience, all in Hampton City Schools. She has served as the principal of Phenix Pre-K-8 School and Phillips Elementary School as well as the assistant principal at Merrimack Elementary School. She taught grades second through fifth for 15 years at the former Robert E. Lee Elementary School.

Dr. Owens has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Virginia State University, a master’s degree in education with an educational administration endorsement from Old Dominion University, and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  

Dr. Owens strongly believes the words of Maya Angelou, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This quote continues to guide her interactions with students, staff, family and community members.







Mrs. Trena Hatcher began her position as the executive director of student support on August 1, 2018.

Having over 32 years of experience in education, Mrs. Hatcher’s career encompasses vast experiences as an exemplary educator and leader. Prior to this position Hatcher was a Title I school improvement specialist with Hampton City Schools, advising and providing feedback to administrators and staff on progress towards school improvement goals. She models leadership behavior and guides change, analyzes current performance, and supports administrators with intervention design and staff development planning.  Hatcher assists in the development of professional learning related to integrating practices to enhance school culture and climate, as well as academic achievement.

Prior to joining Hampton City Schools, Mrs. Hatcher held the position of principal for 10 years and assistant principal for one year, all in West Point, Virginia. There she assisted in developing a multi-tiered instructional framework for the school and division.  She initiated the development and implementation of Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention Teams (PBIS). Hatcher initiated, monitored and supported school wide implementation of Daily 5 framework, Writers’ Workshop, early literacy groups, and flexible math groupings.  She developed and implemented individual behavioral intervention plans and co-chaired the school problem solving team. She has facilitated professional development on student support systems for the Virginia Department of Education.

Prior to becoming a school administrator, she was a special education teacher in West Point, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and Suffolk Public Schools. During that time she coordinated special education eligibility meetings, served on a district wide curriculum consulting team, and coordinated reading support for all summer school classrooms, K-5.

Mrs. Hatcher has a bachelor’s in education from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s in educational leadership and administration from Old Dominion University.  She holds postgraduate professional certificates in administration and supervision, PreK-12; elementary education, PreK-6; and emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, K-12.

As the HCS executive director of student support, Mrs. Hatcher oversees student development and counseling, climate and culture, psychological services, and social work, as well as health services, and student services.






Ann Bane is director of community and legislative relations for Hampton City Schools. She has served in that capacity since 2004. Mrs. Bane is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and is a graduate of Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia.  

Ms. Bane proudly proclaims, “I was not born in Hampton, but I got here as fast as I could!” She has enjoyed the following community and non-profit service here:


  • Military Affairs Committee, City of Hampton

  • Langley Civic Leaders Association

  • 2019 Commemorative Commission, CIty of Hampton

  • Neighborhood Commission, City of Hampton 

  • Town & Gown Committee, City of Hampton 

  • Sister Cities of Hampton

  • School Investment Panel, City of Hampton

  • Hampton Baptist Church, Board of Deacons

  • Hampton Citizens’ Unity Commission  

  • Charter Review Commission, City of Hampton

  • Y. H. Thomas Community Center Board

  • Little England Chapel Foundation Board

  • Livability Commission, City of Hampton

  • Hampton Frolics, Board of Directors 





Kellie Goral was named the executive director of public relations and marketing in December 2017, and began in the position on January 2, 2018. She serves as the division’s official spokesperson and oversees the division’s cable television station WHCS Channel 46, the graphics department, and printing & records, as well as facilitates all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Mrs. Goral worked in Chesapeake Public Schools for 18 years as a classroom teacher at Western Branch Middle School, an assistant principal at Indian River Middle School, staff development administrator and public information officer. In Mrs. Goral’s position as public information officer, she was responsible for the day-to-day affairs associated with facilitating and addressing inquiries of the school division and working with the administrative staff of 45 schools (28 elementary, 10 middle, and seven high) and two educational learning sites with matters pertaining to public relations. Additionally, Mrs. Goral served as liaison between the school division and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, military, and the citywide Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Mrs. Goral earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood College and her Masters of Science in Education from Old Dominion University.

She is married to David who is an educator with the Chesapeake Public Schools and together they are the proud parents of two children, D.J. and Zoe.






Robbin Ruth has more than 25 years of experience in human resources. A graduate of Kecoughtan High School, Ms. Ruth attended James Madison University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication. She also holds a master’s degree in human resource development and adult education from The George Washington University.

Ms. Ruth has human resource experience in a variety of fields, including the hotel and restaurant industry, manufacturing, distribution, and at a call center.  She has worked in human resources for Hampton City Schools since 2001.






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As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300



Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.