For his leadership, Dr. Eric Bracy is being honored again as the top superintendent in the Southeast region of North Carolina.
Bracy, of Sampson County Schools (SCS), recently became the Superintendent of the Year for the Southeast Region Superintendents Council. He was selected by his peers in a 13-district region. Now, he’ll represent the region as the A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. It is the highest honor bestowed on a state superintendent. The award is named after the late Phillips, former N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction and former superintendent of public schools in Forsyth County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.
As a superintendent of Sampson County Schools, Bracy’s goal is to ensure that schools focus on teaching and learning goals. Some of the improvements include test scores, a lower dropout rate, and a goal-setting initiatives leading to student achievements such as being ready for college and careers.
For Bracy, winning the regional award is an honor for him and the staff of the district.
“Throughout my career, I have never forgotten that our work is about preparing students for their next level in life,” Bracy said. “The hard work of our teachers, principals, and all who support our schools is paying off in this district. I am grateful to our board of education members who are tireless in their efforts to strengthen community support for Sampson County Schools.”
The N.C. Association of School Administrators and the N.C. School Boards Association works together to present the Phillips award. If Bracy wins the state award, he will compete for the National Superintendent of the Year. This honor also comes with serving as an advisor to the State Board of Education.
Dr. Kathy Spencer, Southeast Education Alliance Director, said the organization is proud to present the award to Bracy.
“Dr. Bracy has provided Sampson County Schools with a strong, focused commitment to educational success for all students that has resulted in continued growth and positive academic achievement,” Spencer stated in a news release. “Across the region, he has engaged in collaborative conversation and continuous efforts to address challenges facing rural education specifically around equity and excellence.”
Bracy became the SCS superintendent in February 2014. Before SCS, he served Northampton County Schools, as a superintendent for more than five years. Bracy began his education career as a fourth-grade teacher and later became an assistant principal. Next, he became principal of elementary and middle schools. Bracy was also a central office administrator and principal for Durham Public Schools.
To become an educational professional, he earned a doctorate in education leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a master’s in education administration and supervision from Virginia State University. Before these accomplishments, he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from North Carolina Central University.
In the spring, Bracy was also recognized as Superintendent of the Year for the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) for 2017. This organization is the state’s largest education advocacy organization of public school employees. Along with students, active and retired educators are involved with NCAE.
“Very proud of the work he has accomplished an the job his staff has done,” said SCS Board Chair Telfair Simpson. “The award reflects the good things going on in Sampson County.”