Karen M. Chastain
Karen M. Chastain joined Florida Virtual School in May 2021, and she provides transactional and governance legal services. Prior to joining Florida Virtual School, Ms. Chastain served as the Chief Legal Counsel to The School Board of Duval County, Florida, for 9 1/2 years. Ms. Chastain previously worked for the City of Jacksonville’s Office of General Counsel and served in various roles including Senior Deputy General Counsel, Chief Deputy General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant General Counsel, and her practice consisted of board and agency representation, real estate, contracts, governance, legislation, procurement, education, and local government law. Her clients included the School Board of Duval County, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority, Jacksonville Port Authority, Supervisor of Elections, and various City departments and divisions, including the Real Estate Division, Department of Finance, Office of Special Events, Housing & Community Development, Parks & Recreation, and the Medical Examiner’s Office. Special projects included facilitating acquisitions for the Better Jacksonville Plan’s Preservation Project; oversight of legal issues related to Super Bowl XXXIX; and contract issues related to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, the annual Florida vs. Georgia football spectacular, and the Jacksonville Suns baseball team.
Prior to Ms. Chastain's public service, she was a partner at McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe, LLP, where her practice focused on real estate, banking, corporate law, and land use and development. Prior to that time, Ms. Chastain was practicing in these areas with Mahoney, Adams & Criser, P.A., until its merger with McGuire Woods.
Ms. Chastain is a member of the Florida Bar, and she is a Board-Certified Specialist, as designed by the Florida Bar, in Education Law. Ms. Chastain also serves as a member of the Florida Bar Education Law Certification Committee, and she served as the Chairman (2018-2019). Ms. Chastain was a member of the Florida School Board Attorneys Association from 2005 - 2021, and she served on its Board of Directors as well as serving as Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice President (partial term).
Ms. Chastain has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been recognized as a Legal Elite attorney by Florida Trend Magazine and recognized as a Top Lawyer by Jacksonville Magazine. Ms. Chastain was selected as a member of Florida Blue Key (Spring 2016 Honorary Tapping).
While in law school, Ms. Chastain was the Research Editor, and then the Editor-in-Chief, of the University of Florida Law Review; and she received the Gertrude Brick Law Review Apprentice Prize. Ms. Chastain was a member of the Order of the Coif and graduated with honors.
Board of TrusteesFlorida Virtual School operates under the guidance of a Board of Trustees which consists of seven members appointed by the Governor to 4-year staggered terms, per Florida Statute 1002.37.
For your convenience FLVS Board meeting agendas are posted prior to the scheduled meeting.
Quarterly Meeting - December 12, 2023
Notice of Rulemaking - December 12, 2023
Agenda Workshop - February 6, 2024
Quarterly Meeting - March 12, 2024
Agenda Workshop - May, 14, 2024
Quarterly Meeting - June 11, 2024
Past Meeting Minutes
Minutes from past meeting(s) are archived after approval and are available on BoardDocs. Minutes can be viewed on BoardDocs by going to the Meetings tab and clicking on the date of the meeting. Past meetings from October 2020 and later can be viewed on our Board of Trustees YouTube channel.
Notice of Rulemaking - September 12, 2023
Board Policies and Bylaws
The Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees policy manual is currently being redeveloped. Once adopted, all new and revised policies and bylaws will be promptly displayed within the appropriate chapter number/section.
The updated Policies of the Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees are located within the Book titled “Policy Manual” (Chapters 1000 through 9000). Those Policies that were adopted prior to June 22, 2021, which remain in effect, are located in the Book titled “FLVS Policies Legacy.” The Board Bylaws are located in the Book titled “FLVS Board Bylaws.”
The titles and text of all policies and bylaws are searchable within BoardDocs by using the “Search” feature in the upper-left corner.
Contact the Board
Contact the Board Phone: 407-513-3305
Email: [email protected] (Clerk to the Board)
Address: 5422 Carrier Drive, Suite 201Orlando, Florida 32819 (Clerk to the Board)