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Dare County Families, 

Dr. Farrelly observes the work of a Nags Head Elementary

Summer has flown by! Now, it is time to prepare for the start of another exciting and productive school year. As you read this, many of your children and grandchildren are soaking up the remaining days of summer break. I'm sure you can remember those days when we were kids. For me, the first day of school always brought a particular excitement. I remember wondering who I would sit with at lunch, how I would do in Mrs. Baden's Math class because she had the reputation of being the strictest Math teacher in seventh grade, and thinking about my gratitude for the chance to start over each year. I'm sure your children are thinking about similar things. 

As parents and caretakers, you play one of the most important roles in your child's education. I want to invite each of you to join us as an equal partner during this academic school year. Your child's success in school depends on both of us. By working together, I know we can ensure that every child in Dare County Schools has a productive and positive school year. 

Recently, a national report listed Dare County Schools as the sixth-best school district in North Carolina, out of 115 districts. I am proud of this accomplishment. However, I know that we have everything we need to be ranked as number one. And, that is our goal -- continuous improvement. Together, we can build extraordinary schools. To support our continued growth and improvement, the Board of Education approved a new five-year strategic plan for our schools. I invite you to read the plan and give us your suggestions and feedback. It is a bold and ambitious plan, but our children deserve nothing less. 

I am grateful for the trust that you place in our teachers and administrators. I count it as the greatest honor of my professional career to serve as your superintendent. Please know that my door is always open. 


John Farrelly

Superintendent | Dare County Schools 
Learn more about Dr. John Farrelly!

Meet our Superintendent

Dr. Farrelly has built his career on a strong dedication to improving public education. Having served in the role of teacher, principal, administrator, and superintendent, he has been committed to building strong educational partnerships. He, his wife Rena, and their two children are thrilled to join the Dare County family!


We are more than a school system - we are a family! Together, we will work to create a shared future where all of our students can find success and achievement.  John Farrelly