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Newly-Elected Superintendent Dr. Danielle Jones Sworn In, Tenure Begins February 1, 2024

January 8, 2024


OCS Superintendent Dr Danielle Jones Swearing In

“Students, you are at the heart of our mission. Your potential is limitless, and I am committed to providing you with an enriching and inclusive educational experience that prepares you for the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead.”

With these words, Dr. Danielle Jones greeted the community as the newly-elected Superintendent of Orange County Schools, after taking the oath of office surrounded by family, friends, and a crowd of supporters on Monday, January 8, 2024. Dr. Jones’s tenure will officially commence on February 1, 2024.

The Oath of Office was administered by Ms. Aretha White, Assistant Clerk of Superior Court for Orange County, with Mr. Carlton Jones, Dr. Jones’s husband, holding the Bible.

After being sworn in, Dr. Jones thanked interim superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill, her mentors, and her family members for their commitment and support for her leadership during this important transition for the Orange County Schools community.

Thanking OCS educators and staff, Dr. Jones said: “Your passion for teaching and commitment to the success of our students have laid the foundation for excellence. I am eager to begin working with you to continue fostering an environment of trust, mutual respect, and academic excellence.”

Honoring parents who entrust their children to our community’s schools, she said: “Your partnership is invaluable. I am committed to promoting open communication and collaboration to ensure a safe learning environment where every child receives the academic and social-emotional support they need to succeed.”

“I am honored and excited to serve as your superintendent. Together, we will create an environment where every student can thrive and reach their full potential.”

Dr. Jones opened the door for dialogue with every community member: “As we embark on this journey together, I invite each of you to actively participate in shaping the future of our district. Your ideas, feedback, and collaboration will be integral to our success.”


More from Dr. Jones's Swearing-in Ceremony of January 8, 2024:


Having reviewed twenty-six highly qualified candidates in nine states and territories, the Orange County Board of Education enthusiastically selected Dr. Jones to lead the district forward, as Board Chair Anne Purcell said:

“Orange County Schools is very fortunate to have Dr. Jones joining us as our new Superintendent. She has served in several leadership positions over the span of her career that prepared her for this current role. It was very obvious from our interviews with Dr. Jones that she has high expectations for herself and those that she works with. The Board of Education is confident that Dr. Jones’s vision, expertise, and expectations will take our district to new heights of achievement.”


OCS Superintendent Dr Danielle Jones and Orange County Board of Education January 8 2024


Dr. Jones has most recently served as assistant superintendent for Durham Public Schools (DPS), leading twelve middle schools to increased proficiency and high-ranking achievement levels in 2023. Learn more about Dr. Jones in the Board of Education’s December 18 announcement.

In honor of Dr. Jones’s appointment and swearing-in, Orange High School senior Faith Litchfield, the district’s 2023-24 Youth Poet Laureate, presented an original poem on behalf of students and the OCS learning community, which closed with these lines:

“Success is only determined
By the hands of its beholder.
And even after the hard work has paid off,
There will be more bridges to cross,
More bonds to mend,
But once again,
Make sure those tears fall
With a seed to sprout beneath them.
Because this isn’t the end, it's never the end.
It’s only the beginning, it’s always the beginning.”


Photos from Dr. Jones's Swearing-in Ceremony of January 8, 2024:

    • OCS Album on Google Photos
      • Photos by Jala Davis and Kevin Smith (OCS Communications), Alicia Stemper (Orange County Sheriff's Office)


OCS Dr Danielle Jones and Family


OCS Dr Danielle Jones Swearing In (Stemper)
(Photo credit: Alicia Stemper)


OCS Dr Danielle Jones Swearing-In (Stemper)
(Photo credit: Alicia Stemper)


OCS Dr Danielle Jones Reception


OCS Youth Poet Laureate Faith Litchfield
(Photo credit: Alicia Stemper)