Mayor Rick West has dedicated his life to Chesapeake Public Schools. For 30 years, Mayor West worked in the classroom as a teacher and served as principal of four schools: Southeastern Elementary, Great Bridge Intermediate and Hickory and Greenbrier middle schools. Rick continues to be grateful that he was given the honor of having the gym at Greenbrier Middle School named in his honor.
Mayor West knows parents move their families to Chesapeake so their children can receive the award-winning education this city is known for. In fact, Chesapeake Public Schools are 100% percent accredited.
Rick graduated from Chesapeake Public Schools in 1970 from Great Bridge High School. He is proud that he began his educational experience in Chesapeake Public Schools. He is even prouder that he, along with many other Chesapeake educators, helped prepare thousands of students for their futures, whether their desires were to attend college or pursue career development through strong technical education classes. Chesapeake students have, and continue to have, an educational system dedicated to strong academic standards.
Mayor West strongly believes that our students have succeeded because of an amazingly strong team of caring individuals who realize the importance of uniting for the benefit of our children. When students experience the guidance, love and concern within their educational environment, statistics show a much greater level of success in their educational experiences. Chesapeake has always benefitted from a strong support system of parents, teachers and student alumni.
Mayor West is as committed as ever to a strong working relationship between Chesapeake City Council, Chesapeake School Board, parents and educators. Together, they continue to build on the exceptional reputation the Chesapeake Public School System has always enjoyed.