Saying he’s ready to build on the “wonderful legacy” of educational excellence that already exists in Sampson County Schools, new superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy vowed to hit the ground running Monday after taking the oath of office as the system’s new superintendent.
With his wife holding the Bible for him, Bracy accepted the new responsibilities as school chief in front of a packed auditorium filled with educational administrators and staff.
All smiles, Bracy took a few minutes after the swearing in to laud outgoing interim superintendent Dr. Mike Warren and to relay his excitement over the opportunities that await him in his new position.
“We need to take a moment and offer our heartfelt thanks to Mike Warren for all he’s done,” Bracy said as the group applauded. “He’s done a great job for the school system and I’m so appreciative of all the help he’s already given me, and for the next two weeks as he continues to help make this a smooth transition.”
He jokingly thanked Warren for being in place during last week’s snow, when decisions how to be made to delay or call off school, something the system did from Tuesday through Friday.
Warren nodded, then quipped. “Your welcome. Now you get to figure out how to make them up.” Laughter filled the room, as Bracy gave Warren a knowing smile.
Turning his attention back to his new position, Bracy said he was looking forward to getting out in the county and meeting people from across Sampson — educators, parents and citizens, alike.
“I’m really, really excited and I’m ready to hit the ground running,” Bracy said, calling himself a people person who enjoyed talking with and getting to know others.
The new superintendent said he was student-centered and believed in working collectively with people to provide quality education for all children within the system, something that he said fits into the mold of what Sampson County Schools is all about.
“I have heard so many great things about this system. I’m looking forward to building on the wonderful legacy you already have here,” he said, noting his enthusiasm for joining the educational team.
Bracy was hired in December to replace Dr. Ethan Lenker, who tendered his resignation last summer, moving to another superintendency with Pitt County Schools. Warren was hired in an interim capacity until the Board of Education could find a permanent replacement.
They found that in Bracy, who comes to Sampson from Northampton County Schools in Jackson where he was superintendent for the past five and a half years.
Bracy began his educational career as a fourth grade teacher, later becoming an assistant principal and then a principal of elementary and middle schools.