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Dr. Tim Markley

Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen and others MAKE IT happen.”-
Michael Jordan – Laney High School – Class of 1981


New Hanover County Schools is a system on the move and we are moving in the right direction. As superintendent, my vision is that New Hanover County Schools will become the leading educational system in the state. We will achieve this by focusing on our mission, “in collaboration with our parents and the community, we strive to provide children with an opportunity for a superior education in a safe and positive learning environment where they are prepared with the critical skills to succeed.”

We continue to build on our past successes and strive to be a system that encourages innovation, creativity and student success. We are the system of choice for parents, teachers, students and the community. Our focus is on the core values of safe and caring schools; human resources development; high standards and continuous improvement; community partnerships and life-long learning for all.

During the 2016-2017 school year, we continued to see the results of our efforts. Our graduation rate is the highest to date. Our READY assessment scores are among the highest in the region and among the best for urban districts in the state; and our SAT and ACT scores are above state and regional averages. NHCS is making a difference!

The New Hanover County Board of Education’s strategic plan includes improving academic achievement, increasing partnerships, recruiting and retaining highly-qualified employees and preparing students to be life-long learners. In order to reach these goals and continue the progress, we believe every student, parent, staff member, and stakeholder must be involved in our schools. We are responsible for every child in NHCS regardless of the role we serve.

We are committed to providing the highest quality education for every student. Our ultimate goal is for students to graduate and be prepared to compete in a global society and to lead productive healthy lives. We believe that educating children is one of the highest professional missions. The manner in which we accomplish this will have a lasting impact on the future of New Hanover County, North Carolina and the world in the years to come.