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Dr. Otis L. Smallwood, Superintendent

A Message From the Superintendent



Dear Family & Friends of Bertie County Schools

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year for Bertie County Schools! I am excited to see what we can accomplish together this year.

Our theme for this year is "Getting in the Way.” Simply put, the district is committed to removing any barriers & becoming a Roadblock that prevent our students from learning and succeeding. We will do this by:

  • Providing all students with opportunity and access to a high-quality education, regardless of their background or circumstances.

  • Creating a positive and supportive learning environment where all students feel safe and respected.

  • Providing students with the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

  • Partnering with families and community members to support our students' learning.

  • Continue to create positive relationships between students, staff, families, and the community-at-large. When we build positive relationships, we create a foundation of trust and respect that allows us to work together to overcome any challenges that come our way. When we create positive relationships, we create a school community where everyone feels valued and supported. This is the kind of environment where our students can thrive.

To our students, I encourage you to reach for your dreams. Don't let anything stand in your way. I know you can do great things!

To our staff, I thank you for your dedication and hard work. You are the reason why our schools are successful. I am grateful for your commitment to our students and our community.

To our parents, thank you for your partnership in education. Your involvement is essential to our students' success. I encourage you to stay involved throughout the school year.

I believe that we can achieve our goals if we work together. I ask for your support in creating a school system where all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

So, Let’s Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing & “Get in the Way” of barriers for children!

Thank you for allowing me to serve and for helping me to #BuildABetterBertie! 


Dr. Otis L. Smallwood

 Superintendent of Schools Bertie County Schools