Johnston County leader is 1 of 8 finalists for N.C. Superintendent of the Year

Johnston County Superintendent Eric Bracy has been named a finalist for North Carolina Superintendent of the Year.

Last week, Bracy was named Superintendent of the Year by the Central Carolina Regional Educational Services Alliance. She is now among eight finalists for the 2024-25 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year award to be presented this fall.

“We congratulate Dr. Bracy on this wonderful recognition,” school board President Lyn Andrews said in a news release. “His leadership has advanced our school district not only in academic performance but also in the utilization of financial resources.

“The focus of her work has always been to provide the necessary resources to teachers and staff members to improve all educational opportunities for our students. “He is committed to making Johnston County Public Schools the best in the state.”

Scores are improving in schools

Bracy has been superintendent of North Carolina’s seventh-largest school district since July 2020. The former Sampson County superintendent brought stability to Johnston County after its previous leaders left under a cloud.

He also took office at a time when schools were trying to figure out how to educate students during the pandemic and deal with the resulting learning losses.

Bracy set a goal for all schools in the district to receive an A, B or C school performance letter grade from the state. Now, only six low-performing schools remain in the district, compared to 14 schools two years earlier.

The district experienced a 2% increase in overall performance, resulting in 35 schools improving their composite performance score. Additionally, 29 schools exceeded growth expectations on state tests.

“The Johnston County Principals and Assistant Principals Association would like to congratulate Dr. Bracy on earning this prestigious award and thank him for the continued leadership he has provided to our school district and our families,” said Ryan Ewell, association president and principal of Cleveland. . Primary school.