VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natalie Allen
Date: 1/13/21 Phone: 757.263.1313
News Release No. 008 Fax: 757.263.1010
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Rye and Melnyk reelected as School Board chairwoman, vice chair

At its Jan. 12 meeting, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach reelected Carolyn T. Rye as chairwoman and Kimberly Melnyk as vice chairwoman.

"This reelection as Chair is an even greater honor, as it conveys the respect and trust I have worked hard to earn among my colleagues in my first year in this role," Rye said. "I will continue to strive for the steady leadership needed to help guide this board and school division through this pandemic. To that end, I will support the efforts of my school board members and administration to advance the goals of our Compass to 2025 Strategic Framework in the face of such unprecedented times. I will remain a source of outreach to constituents, never losing sight of the need for their voices to be heard."

Carolyn Rye was elected to the School Board in 2014 and elected chairwoman in 2020. During her six-year School Board tenure, she has served on the Audit, Policy Review, Building Utilization and Governance Committees (the latter three as Chair), and the Achievable Dream Academy and Strategic Plan (Compass to 2025) Ad Hoc Committees. She began her professional career in the business sector, serving a decade as corporate trainer and group insurance management consultant for Prudential Insurance. The proud daughter of two career high school math and science teachers (the latter also a renowned high school and college football coach), Rye ultimately turned to her education roots as a longtime private mathematics tutor and secondary school classroom teacher in local schools. She was also employed by Virginia Beach City Public Schools from 2000-2014 as an intermittent substitute teacher. Rye served on the PTA Boards of Kingston Elementary, Lynnhaven Middle, Kemps Landing Magnet and Ocean Lakes High School, and is a two-time PTA president at both the elementary (Cedar Grove, NJ) and high school levels. She is a recipient of the PTA Distinguished Service Award. Rye is an active member of the community, serving two terms on both her St. Nicholas Catholic Church Pastoral Council and William & Mary's regional alumni chapter board. She is founder and inaugural president of William and Mary's Northern New Jersey Alumni Chapter, and has served the past decade as an adviser to her campus sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. As a national Fight Colorectal Cancer advocate, she and her daughter, an early age onset colon cancer survivor, collectively have lobbied Congress, engaged in community-based education and awareness, and promoted annual fundraising. Rye has also served in a fundraising capacity for her college and past church capital campaign. She graduated from the College of William & Mary as a Government major, with concentrations in history and mathematics. She holds an MBA degree from Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey. Her husband Kenneth is recently retired and served parallel legal careers as Counsel, United States Navy, Military Sealift Command and Judge Advocate, Unites States Army Reserve. She and Ken are the proud parents of two VBCPS graduates, Dana and Daniel.

Melnyk was elected to the School Board in 2014 and elected vice chairwoman in 2019. She has lived in Virginia Beach for 40 years and is a product of VBCPS, having attended Old Donation Elementary School, Brandon Middle School and Green Run High School. She graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and taught for VBCPS at Glenwood, Strawbridge and Christopher Farms elementary schools. Melnyk was appointed by City Council to the Vision to Action Community Coalition, serves on the board of directors for Virginia Musical Theatre and is a member of the Governor's School for the Arts Regional Board. She is a mentor at Green Run Elementary School, volunteers with the VBCPS Beach Bag Program and is a member of the Social Ministry Team at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She is a former employee of Premier Millwork and Lumber Company, her family owned and operated business. She and her husband, George, have three children, all of whom attended VBCPS.

More information about the Virginia Beach School Board, including member bios and contact information, can be found at www.vbschools.com.

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