School Board

Board Docs. Click here for meeting informationHanover's school board members are charged with the responsibility to preserve and enhance public school education in Hanover County. The school board accepts its obligation to establish policies for the total operation of the school division, provide qualified personnel, adopt an annual school budget, and determine educational needs and desires of the community. The school board sets challenging district goals while monitoring and evaluating progress toward these goals.

The Hanover County School Board operates within strict legal parameters established by the Virginia General Assembly and the federal government. The school board relies on community involvement, professional educators, and deliberative judgment to fulfill its public trust.

Each of the county's seven magisterial districts is represented by a school board member appointed to a four-year term by the Board of Supervisors of Hanover County. The terms of service are staggered and commence on July 1. The superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools is appointed by the school board as the chief administrator and executive officer.

School Board Members

John F. Axselle III, Beaverdam District - Chair
Phone: (804) 798-7782; email: [email protected]
Term ends on June 30, 2023

Robert J. (Bob) May, South Anna District - Vice Chair
Phone: (804) 752-4646; email: [email protected]
Term ends on June 30, 2025

Ola J. Hawkins, Ashland District
Phone: (804) 357-3743; email: [email protected]
Term ends on June 30, 2024

Robert L. Hundley, Jr., Chickahominy District
Work: (804) 550-9222; email: [email protected]
Term ends on June 30, 2024

Steven Ikenberry, Cold Harbor District
Phone: (804) 514-2197; email: [email protected]
Term ends on June 30, 2025

John E. Redd, Jr., Mechanicsville District
Phone: (804) 746-7112; e-mail: [email protected]
Term ends on June 30, 2026

George E. Sutton, Henry District
Phone: (804) 779-3324; email: [email protected] 
Term ends on June 30, 2023


Please visit BoardDocs, a web-based tool for publishing our school board meeting agendas, minutes, support documents, audio and policies. 

Meeting Calendar and Details

The school board traditionally meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The school board will enter the closed meeting at 6:00 p.m. preceding its regularly scheduled 7:00 p.m. meeting which is open to the public. Dates and times are subject to change. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.

August 9, 2022
August 16, 2022 - Special Meeting
August 30, 2022 - Special Meeting
September 13, 2022
October 11, 2022
November 8, 2022
December 13, 2022
January 10, 2023
February 14, 2023
March 14, 2023
April 11, 2023
May 9, 2023
June 13, 2023
July 11, 2023 

Public Comment

Public comment is included as part of the school board’s agenda during each regularly scheduled monthly business meeting. Any citizen may address the board on any matter that is within the scope of the board’s authority. The time allotted to each speaker shall be three (3) minutes. Please visit BoardDocs for more information. 

May 9, 2023 Meeting

The agenda for the May 9, 2023 meeting is available on BoardDocs. The meeting will be live streamed via Zoom.

Legislative Agenda

Legislative Agenda for 2023


- Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee
- Community Equity Advisory Board
- Gifted Advisory Committee
- School Health Advisory Board
- Special Education Advisory Committee

Equity Policy

In January 2020, the Hanover County School Board passed its Equity Policy. This new language recognized that "every child deserves an education based upon fundamental principles of equity." As a community, we recognized that "Hanover County Public Schools is enriched by diversity and inclusivity and is dedicated to eliminating inequities. The school division is committed to taking deliberate action to match all students with the resources, tools, and supports they need to maximize their potential."

In alignment with and responsive to this Board policy, an Equity Report is presented to the School Board annually. The second annual report was presented in May 2022


If you have questions or desire additional information, please contact the office of the superintendent.

Kate M. Brown
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/Clerk of the School Board

Hanover County Public Schools
200 Berkley Street
Ashland, Virginia 23005-1399

Telephone: (804) 365-4500
Fax: (804) 365-4680
TTY: (804) 798-7571

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