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OCS Welcomes new Deputy Superintendent of Operations

Patrick Abele

Mr. Patrick Abele

Orange County Schools would like to welcome a new administrator to its Central Services Leadership Team!

The Orange County Board of Education approved Mr. Patrick Abele as Deputy Superintendent at the May 24 board meeting. Effective August 1, Mr. Abele will be overseeing operations for the Orange County School District. 

“I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to return to the Orange County Schools,” he said. “There are so many wonderful individuals who are dedicated and committed to providing a high-quality education for students. I am honored with the ability to return to the community I admire and look forward to providing my very best to this community.”

Abele is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Support Services with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and served as the Acting Superintendent last year for 30 days during the pandemic.  

Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer with Orange County Schools for four years from December 2014 to January 2019.  He has 25 years experience and has held roles at many levels within the education field as a district administrator, principal, and classroom teacher.  

Prior to beginning his work as an educator, Mr. Abele served as a paratrooper with the United States Army, 82nd Signal Battalion, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Mr. Abele earned both his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and his Master of School Administration degrees at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Abele, back home to Orange County Schools. We look forward to great things in the upcoming years!