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

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

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

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

Sterling H. Daniel, Mechanicsville District
Phone: (804) 746-1887; e-mail: [email protected]
Term ends on June 30, 2022

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

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

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 10, 2021
September 14, 2021
September 21, 2021 - Special Meeting
October 12, 2021
November 4, 2021 - Special Meeting
November 9, 2021
December 14, 2021
January 11, 2022
January 24, 2022 - Special Meeting
February 8, 2022
February 22, 2022 - Special Meeting
March 8, 2022
April 12, 2022
May 5, 2022 - Special Meeting
May 10, 2022
June 14, 2022
June 21, 2022 - Special Meeting
July 12, 2022 

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.  

Legislative Agenda

Legislative Agenda for 2022


- 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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