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