2022-23 school year welcome from Dare County Schools Interim Superintendent Steve Blackstock

Published 7:44 am Monday, August 29, 2022

Welcome to Dare County Schools and to the 2022-2023 school year. We have all struggled these past 28 months or so as we navigated a pandemic of historical proportions. The impact on our residents – students, parents, staff, and families – has had short term and will continue to have long term impacts. To be honest, I haven’t really been excited to start a school year since 2019. However, I am truly thrilled for our 2022-2023 school year to begin. During my visits to all of our schools I see teachers and staff excited, ready, energized, and enthusiastic about a school year that actually feels more normal than we have seen for several years.

To our Students . . . Your teachers, administrators, staff, and central office staff have been working hard this summer to make this school year the best it can be. Our schools are deep cleaned, our teachers are excited, and our staff is ready to meet your educational needs. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your teachers and administrators – they are there to help you be successful.

To our Parents and Families. . . Dare County Schools is committed to providing an education for your child that is second to none. We live in a county that values education both in word and in deed. If you see an area where we are doing exceptionally well, or if we are falling short, reach out to your child’s teacher or school administrator. We can only improve things that we know about.

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To our Community Members . . . Dare County is committed to the education of our students. The success of a community depends on the success of our educational system. Even if you do not currently have students in our schools, you share the responsibility of educating our students. Dare County commits significant financial resources (tax dollars) to our schools, and because of that students in Dare have opportunities that they would not have in other places. If you would like to work for our school system, please apply. If you would like to volunteer, reach out to our principals. If you have other questions about DCS, reach out to our school board members or district administration.

We have all the ingredients we need to provide an excellent education for our students. We have excellent teachers, we have top notch administrators, we have dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and we have beautiful facilities. It is nice to be excited about starting school again, and we are looking forward to welcoming our students on August 29th.

Steve Blackstock, Interim Superintendent

Dare County Schools