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  • Hertford County Board of Education Hires New Superintendent

    The Hertford County Board of Education is excited to announce the selection of Dr. Jesse Pratt as the next superintendent of the Hertford County Public Schools (HCPS). Dr. Pratt will take office on January 3, 2023, after the Hertford County Board of Education unanimously elected him at its meeting on Monday night, November 28.  His contract extends through June 30, 2026.

    During the search process, the board carefully reviewed applications from a diverse field of twelve excellent candidates from four different states. Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Dr. Pratt’s experience, leadership, and dedication to students and staff would best serve HCPS students, employees, and the community for years to come. The board is confident Dr. Pratt will lead the school system to even higher achievement.

    Dr. Pratt has enjoyed a long and very successful career in public education spanning nearly thirty years in North Carolina and Indiana. He currently serves as the deputy superintendent of operations for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS), where he also worked as an area superintendent (2019-2021) and, earlier in his career, an assistant principal (2001-2003). Over the last three years, Dr. Pratt has played a pivotal role in helping WS/FCS significantly reduce its dropout rate. 

    Prior to joining WS/FCS, Dr. Pratt spent two years as the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and student services for the Thomasville City Schools. He previously served as a regional superintendent for the Indianapolis Public Schools (2015-2018) and a principal for the Guilford County Schools (GCS) (2003-2015). Dr. Pratt began his career in 1995 as a teacher for GCS, where he taught social studies and language arts to middle school students for six years. 

    Dr. Pratt has an impressive academic background, including his bachelor’s degree in middle school education from Appalachian State University (ASU). He went on to earn a master’s degree in school administration and an educational specialist’s degree from ASU, as well as a doctorate in educational leadership from High Point University. 

    Expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to lead the district, Dr. Pratt told the Board and audience present at the Board meeting that he looks forward to becoming part of the community.  “I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Hertford County family. I would like to thank the board of education for giving me this extraordinary opportunity. I look forward to working with our staff, students, and community members to improve academic and social outcomes for all Hertford County Public Schools students.”

    Please join the board in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Jesse Pratt as the new superintendent of the Hertford County Public Schools.

    New Hertford County Public Schools Superintendent (center) Dr. Jesse Pratt, flanked by Hertford County Public Schools Board of Education Madam Chair Sheila J. Porter (left) and Vice-Chair Dennis Deloatch (right)

    New Hertford County Public Schools New Superintendent



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  • Attention HCPS Volunteers!

    If you are interested in volunteering at any of Hertford County Public Schools, please contact the school's principal to schedule a face-to-face conference, as well as complete the volunteer application. Failure to do so will result in you not being approved.  

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