Dr. Deran R. Whitney
Superintendent of Schools


Happy 2017-18 School Year!

As we welcome more than 14,000 students through our school doors it is an honor to share recent accomplishments, summer projects, goals for the new year, and how you can support our schools.

Based on preliminary Standards of Learning data, we have increased the number of schools that will be fully accredited and have moved one school to partially accredited. While more than 70% of our schools will be fully accredited we are committed to reaching 100%!

Our continued focus on engaging all students is consistent with offering our three Specialty Programs at each high school: International Baccalaureate at King’s Fork High; Project Lead The Way: Pathways to Engineering at Nansemond River; and Project Lead The Way: Biomedical Sciences at Lakeland High . In addition the new College and Career Academy at Pruden (CCAP) will offerSupt collage for web page_2 fix two new programs: Network Administration with Cyber Security Infusion and Computer Systems Technology with Cyber Security Infusion  CCAP now offers 15 industry recognized credentialing for interested high school juniors and seniors.

The construction of the new Florence Bowser Elementary and Col. Fred Cherry Middle schools are on schedule to open fall 2018 and both are over 50% complete!

Several schools received building improvements during the summer: major painting, new carpet, gym floor refinishing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades, to name a few…

Our goals for this year will continue to be improve student achievement, provide a safe and nurturing environment, provide strong leadership, provide meaningful professional development, and strengthen collaboration with all stakeholders.

As we prepare for our students we solicit all stakeholders assistance. Parents are asked to become actively involved in their child’s education by asking about homework, by meeting and communicating with your child’s teacher, and by attending school events. Parental involvement is key to student success.

Business and community members can assist our schools by offering students opportunities to volunteer.  We now have a 50-hour community service graduation requirement. Last year’s seniors met this expectation and we are certain our students can earn this even earlier with business and community members’ support.  In addition, we encourage businesses and community members to volunteer and mentor a student in our schools by registering through Volunteer Connect on our website.

Suffolk Public Schools is a community of professionals committed to do whatever it takes to ensure students are provided the opportunity to reach their full potential.

We truly believe our motto:  Every Child a Star…Together We Help Them Shine!

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To contact the Superintendent’s Office, please call the School Administrative Offices at (757) 925-6750 or email him at