Keynote: Superintendent Ray V. Spain, Warren County Schools
His first principal position was Jackson Community School (Jackson, NC), where he organized an alternative high school for dropouts and at-risk students. Spain became principal of Bertie High School (Windsor, NC) in 1983. In 1991, the Bertie Board of Education appointed Dr. Spain Assistant Superintendent of administrative services and federal programs. In 1993, Dr. Spain moved to Kinston, North Carolina to join the Lenoir County Board of Education administrative staff as the Associate Superintendent. Dr. Spain accepted the superintendent position with Petersburg City Public Schools (VA) in July 2001.
Throughout his professional career, Dr. Spain has been an advocate of technology use in classroom instruction. As a school administrator, he has personally implemented a number of technology projects to enhance and improve administrative operations.
As Warren County Superintendent, he has worked with the School Board and administrative staff to provide students with a broad range of instructional courseware and to increase the number of computers available for student and staff use. He insists that teachers make use of technology to enhance learning and that the administrative staff use technology to increase productivity and efficiency.
In 2007, Warren County Schools implemented district-wide high school reform. From the previous one high school, two new schools have been developed with plans to implement two academies in the traditional high school. The district has developed a school choice model that allows students and parents to select one of three high schools.
Speaker: Dr. James G. Merrill
Dr. James Merrill was named as the 9th Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System on June 18. Dr. Merrill has served as superintendent of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), the third largest school division in Virginia, since 2006. As superintendent, he has spearheaded the creation and implementation of a strategic plan emphasizing 21st century skills that will define successful students in VBCPS.