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About the Superintendent

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Dr. Kenneth Spells
1-910-875-4106 ext 225

Dr. Kenneth Spells became the Superintendent of the Hoke County  School District on January  3rd, 2024. With more than 25 years of experience in education, Dr. Spells has a proven track record of improving student achievement and community engagement. He has experience at all levels. Dr. Spells has been a superintendent, assistant superintendent, elementary principal, middle school assistant principal, social studies teacher, adjunct professor, and head boys varsity basketball coach.

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Hoke County Schools, Raeford, NC
Superintendent, 2024-Present

Hazel Crest 152 ½ School District, Hazel Crest, IL
Superintendent of Schools, 2019-2023

South Bend School Corporation, South Bend, IN
Superintendent of Schools, 2016-2019

Alton Community Unit School District 11, Alton, IL
Superintendent of Schools, 2011-2016
Assistant Superintendent, 2007-2011

Jacksonville School District 117, Jacksonville, IL
Elementary Principal, Lincoln Elementary (K-6), 2005-2007

Alton Community Unit School District 11, Alton, IL
Assistant Principal, East Middle School (6-8), 2002-2005

Decatur School District 61, Decatur, IL
Administrative Intern, January 2001-June 2001

Orangeburg 3 School District, Orangeburg, SC
Social Studies Teacher, 2000-2001

Richland 1 School District, Columbia, SC
Social Studies Teacher, 1998-2000

Columbus County Schools, Whiteville, NC
Social Studies Teacher, January 1998-June 1998


Maryville University, Saint Louis, Missouri
Doctorate-Educational Leadership

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois
Masters and Specialist- Education Administration

Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Bachelor of Science-History and Physical Education


North Carolina Association of School Administrators

American Association of School Administrators


  • Special Resolution-South Bend Common Council 2019
  • Team South Bend Award-Citizens for Better Government 2019
  • Alton Wall of Fame 2019
  • Trailblazer Award Deliverance Temple Complex 2016
  • EIU Alumni Association-Distinguished Educator Award 2015
  • ISBE-Those Who Excel Award of Excellence 2015
  • MAPO-Community Service Award 2013
  • Madison County Urban League-Community Service 2013
  • NAACP-Educational Leadership Award 2008 and 2012
  • Coalition of Concerned Citizens-Educational Leadership Award 2010
  • 100 Black Men of Alton, Man of the Year 2008
  •  Region 5 Coach of the Year 2001
  • Superintendent’s Award for Coaching 1998
  • South Carolina 4-A State Basketball Champions  
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Marsha Carroll
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
1-910-875-4106 ext 225