John Bailey

Director of School Plants | Chesapeake Public Schools


Dr. John Bailey has been involved in the public educational field for over 29 years as a teacher, principal, and director. He currently serves as the Director of School Plants for Chesapeake Public Schools in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has served in this role for over 10 years. Prior to his current position, he was a high school principal in a large urban school division in Virginia.

He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National School Plant Management Association and oversees professional development and training on a national spectrum. His school division is comprised of almost 40,000 students and he maintains 47 school buildings and multiple support sites. He manages over 6.5 million square feet of building space.

His shop has been nationally recognized as a Platinum award winner for the prestigious “Facilities Master” award. His school division has also been recognized by the Virginia School Board Association as a Gold and Platinum award winner for the Virginia Green Schools challenge. His school division houses the largest photovoltaic rooftop solar system on a Virginia public school at Western Branch High School.

John was also recognized in 2017 as the National School Plant Manager of the Year. He has served as the past president and board member of the Virginia and National School Plant Management Associations.