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Superintendent of Schools

Robert P. "Bob" Grimesey, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Bob

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 measured by the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey;
  • Established a partnership with Sandhills Community College (SCC) that provided funding from SCC Foundation to ensure free college textbooks for high school students who participate in the Career and College Promise (CCP) program.  From 2015-16 to 2019-20, the SCC-MCS partnership has increased student enrollment in at least one college course from 636 to 1,010, or nearly 50% of all MCS juniors and seniors; total courses taken by MCS students from 883 to 2,863; total credits earned by MCS students from 883 to 3,099; and has experienced an increased pass rate from 68.4% to 92.7%, which exceeds substantially the pass rate of traditional SCC freshmen students;
  • Elevated priority focus on student acquisition of career and technical education credentials.  MCS increased student achievement of marketable workforce credentials from 534 in 2015-16 to 3,923 in 2019-20;
  • Broadened priority focus on STEM, “Strategies That Engage Minds.”  Established “threads” of N.C. Standards-Based K-8 lessons that employed engineering and entrepreneurship to integrate core content areas.  MCS’s STEM reputation garnered 2018 NCDPI grant that established district as one of four State Innovation Academies.  MC schools now serve as state showcases and regularly host visiting groups of teachers, administrators and university instructors from across the state.  “Building Engineers in K-5 Classrooms” showcase event established in 2016 has grown to attract over 200 educators from Virginia and North Carolina annually;
  • Received 80% voter approval in the spring of 2018 for $103 million general bond referendum and 66% voter approval in fall of 2018 of quarter-cent sales tax to support debt related to bond.  General obligation bonds supported construction of three new elementary schools to replace five outdated facilities.  The new Aberdeen Elementary is scheduled to open in August 2020 and the new Southern Pines Elementary in January 2021.  The new Pinehurst Elementary is scheduled to open in August 2021;
  • Secured Board of Commissioners’ approval of limited obligation bonds to support construction of a new additional elementary school and to expand one high school.  The new McDeeds Creek Elementary School opened in the fall of 2019.  The North Moore High School expansion is scheduled for completion by November 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, resulted in the School Board’s approval of balanced budgets since FY 2018-19, with no allotments 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.

Dr. Grimesey serves on the executive boards of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, the Moore County Partners in Progress and the National Military Child Education Coalition.  He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills.  

Other Background

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 has been honored three times as a regional superintendent of the year, once by the North Carolina School Superintendents Association and twice by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS).  As Superintendent of Moore County (N.C.) in 2020, he was recognized as superintendent of the year in the south-central Sandhills Region, which includes 13 school districts.  As Superintendent of Orange County (Va.) in 2012, he was recognized as superintendent of the year in Region 4, which included 19 northern Virginia school divisions.  With Alleghany County (Va.) in 2007, he was superintendent of the year in Region 6, which included 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 inaugural “Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Award” from the Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention.

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.

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