Robert P. "Bob" Grimesey, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Robert P. “Bob” Grimesey, Jr. assumed his responsibilities as Superintendent of Moore County Schools on July 1, 2014. School district achievements during his tenure have included the following:
- Sustained positive trends in all student academic achievement measures and sustained performance above state averages on all measures, including but not limited to: school-wide accountability growth measures; school performance letter grades; four-year graduation rates; third-grade Read-to-Achieve composite benchmarks; percentage of students who met or exceeded the UNC system ACT benchmark; student attainment of industrial certifications; and student participation in college courses prior to graduation;
- Sustained positive improvement in teacher satisfaction as measure by the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey;
- Received 80% voter approval for $103 million general bond referendum in 2018. Voter-approved general obligation bonds will support construction of three new elementary schools that will replace five outdated facilities. Two of the new schools are scheduled to open in fall of 2020 and the third new school scheduled to open in the fall of 2021;
- Received approval from the Moore County Board of Commissioners for $43 million in limited obligation bonds to support the construction of the new McDeeds Creek Elementary School (scheduled to open in the fall of 2019) and the expansion of North Moore High School (scheduled for completion by the fall of 2021); and
- Eliminated reliance on deficit-spending. From 2012 to 2016, the school district budget relied on an average annual allotment of $1,754,878 from the district fund balance. A combination of spending reductions and revenue increases from 2016 to 2018, which resulted in the School Board’s approval of a balanced budget for FY 2018-19 with no allotment from the district fund balance.
Dr. Grimesey received his Doctor of Education degree in leadership and policy studies from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education in May, 1991. He received his Master of Education degree in school administration and supervision from James Madison University (JMU) in 1985 and his Bachelor of Science degree in communication arts from JMU in 1978. He graduated from Fairfax County’s Annandale (Va.) High School in 1974, where he played football under legendary coach Bob Hardage. He married his wife, the former Carol Y. Martin, in 1982. They have three adult children, John, Sarah and Hannah, and one grandchild.
Dr. Grimesey serves on the boards of directors for: the national Military Child Education Coalition; the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills; the Moore County Chamber of Commerce; and the Moore County Partners in Progress.
Prior to coming to Moore County, Dr. Grimesey served as Superintendent of Orange County (Va.) Public Schools from July, 2009 through June, 2014, and Alleghany County (Va.) Public Schools from July, 2001 through June, 2009.
He was honored twice as a regional superintendent of the year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). As Superintendent of Orange County (Va.) in 2012, he was recognized as superintendent of the year in Region 4, which includes 19 northern Virginia school divisions. With Alleghany County (Va.) in 2007, he was superintendent of the year in Region 6, which includes 15 school divisions in western Virginia.
Dr. Grimesey served as a chairman of the VASS Legislative Committee from 2010 to 2013. In May, 2013, he received the Association’s first-ever “Director’s Award” for “outstanding service as an advocate . . . for Virginia public education in the federal and state policy areas.” In November, 2010, he was named “Virginia Child Advocate of the Year” by the Virginia Parent-Teacher Association.
In October, 2012, Dr. Grimesey was selected from a pool of national nominees to receive the 2012 “Outstanding Superintendent Award,” sponsored by the Curry School of Education Foundation. The award is presented annually to a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.
In November, 2004, Dr. Grimesey was named “State Administrator of the Year” by the Virginia Music Educators Association. In February, 2005, he received the “Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Award” from the Virginia Technology Education Association.
Prior to his tenure in Alleghany County, Dr. Grimesey served from 1987 to 2001 in Rockingham County (Va.) Public Schools as assistant principal of John C. Myers Middle School (1987-1991), principal of Ottobine Elementary School (1991-1994), principal of Spotswood High School (1994-1998), and director of grants and partnerships (1998-2001). He began his administrative career as assistant principal at King George (Va.) Middle School (1986-87). Prior to becoming an administrator, Dr. Grimesey taught social studies and coached football and wrestling at Harrisonburg High School (1982-1984) in Harrisonburg, Va., and at Osbourn High School in Manassas, Va. (1985-86). He also served as a graduate assistant at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. during 1984-85 while he completed work on his master of education degree in school administration.
He served stints as a staff writer and sports writer for the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record between 1977 and 1984. In 1978, Dr. Grimesey earned first-place awards from the Virginia Press Association for “Best Sports Feature Article” and “Best Series of Stories.” He worked as an agricultural volunteer in Israel during 1979-1980.