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Dr. Deran R. Whitney
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Deran R. Whitney

Happy New Year!  I am pleased to move forward with the Suffolk community for a ninth year as your school superintendent! Through our collaborative efforts, I am confident our students will continue to make tremendous strides during the 2018-2019 school year. 

This is an exciting time for Suffolk Public Schools! This year kicks off our new and improved system-wide Strategic Plan 2018-2023: Building Exceptional Schools. In this Strategic Plan we have five goals:

1.  Ensure all students demonstrate academic growth & acquire skills to become productive citizens.
2.  Ensure all students learn in a supportive, safe and nurturing environment.
3.  Maintain efficient, effective & accountable management of operations and resources.
4.  Attract, develop and retain high quality and diverse staff.
5.  Strengthen family engagement and community investment.

We encourage parents and the community to take advantage of our Volunteer Connect Program and become actively involved in our schools.  Parents are encouraged to download our new Suffolk Public Schools App and see what’s happening and take advantage of the many opportunities for students and parents.  Parents may also take advantage of our Home Access Center to monitor your child’s progress and to communicate with your child’s teacher.

This year we are also extremely proud to open  our fifth middle school, Colonel Fred Cherry Middle School and the replacement Florence Bowser Elementary.

Many positive things are happening in Suffolk Public Schools become a part of them!

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

Follow the Superintendent on Twitter: @d_whitney123

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

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