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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 (MCS) 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; drop-out 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 and established one of the state’s only local Classified Employees Working Conditions Surveys;
  • Established a partnership with Sandhills Community College (SCC) that provided funding from the 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 2020-21, the SCC-MCS partnership has increased student enrollment in at least one college course from 636 to 1,095, or nearly 50 percent of all MCS juniors and seniors; total courses taken by MCS students from 1,291 to 3,352; total courses earning college credit by MCS students from 883 to 2,918; and has experienced an increased pass rate from 68.4 percent to 87.1 percent, 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 3,165 in 2020-21;
  • Elevated priority focus on student health by partnering with the Sandhills Center to establish a “Behavioral Health Intervention Team,” secure Medicaid reimbursements to sustain school nurse positions and establish athletic trainer positions at each high school;
  • Broadened the district’s 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’ STEM reputation garnered 2018 NCDPI grants that established the district as one of four State Innovation Academies.  MCS’ schools have been featured at state showcases, and have regularly hosted visiting groups of teachers, administrators and university instructors from across the state.  The “Building Engineers in K-5 Classrooms” showcase event established in 2016 grew to attract more than 200 educators from Virginia and North Carolina annual until it was suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19;
  • Received 80 percent voter approval in the spring of 2018 for $103 million general bond referendum and 66 percent voter approval in fall of 2018 of quarter-cent sales tax to support debt related to the bonds.  General obligation bonds supported construction of three new elementary schools to replace five outdated facilities.  The new Aberdeen Elementary opened in August 2020, the new Southern Pines Elementary in January 2021 and the new Pinehurst Elementary in August 2021;
  • Secured Board of Commissioners’ approval of limited obligation bonds to support construction of an additional new elementary school and to expand one high school.  The new McDeeds Creek Elementary opened in the fall of 2019.  The North Moore High School addition opened in January 2021;
  • Given expanded school capacities resulting from the construction of four new schools, student assignment patterns were realigned and phased in over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years to ensure balanced enrollment among feeder schools across the district;
  • 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 recurring allotments from the district fund balance; and
  • Conducted research on COVID-19 secondary transmissions with 10 other N.C. school districts, the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the ABC Science Collaborative that resulted in two reports that were cited nationally and which hastened the safe return of all K-12 students to full-time instruction during the 2020-21 school year.  MCS’ was among the first N.C. districts in the state to return all K-12 students to full-time instruction without any subsequent district-wide retreat to remote learning.

Dr. Grimesey received his Doctor of Education degree in leadership and policy studies from the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development 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 Annandale High School in Fairfax, Va. in 1974, where he played football under legendary coach Bob Hardage.  He married the former Carol Y. Martin in 1982.  They have three adult children and two grandchildren.

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 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 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 three 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 also worked as an agricultural volunteer on Kibbutz Gadot in northern Israel from 1979-1980.

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