Dr. Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr. has served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System since July of 2005.
During his tenure with the district, Dr. Lockamy has created an inclusive model of school-community interaction. His vision for a world class school system is supported by a plan he initiated to increase the academic outcome for all students while providing a wide range of educational options for families. The Passport to Excellence has brought about new schools, increased program opportunities, and increased community involvement. As a result, the district has seen a steady rise in the graduation rate and a steep decline in the dropout rate. The 2011 graduation rate represents the highest percentage of students graduating from Savannah-Chatham schools in over a decade. Dr. Lockamy has brought about innovative initiatives that support the betterment of public education. His belief that all students can achieve at high levels is the driving force that has led to increased parental involvement and effective classroom techniques that generate academic results. Initiatives such as the Community Engagement Task Force, the Guiding Coalition, the Professional Senate (teachers), Student Senate, and the Instructional Support Senate have all played a key role in the delivery of tangible results.
Under Dr. Lockamy’s leadership, struggling “needs improvement” schools have experienced award winning turnarounds, he has implemented accountability measures, instituted a Random Inspection process, launched a successful student uniform policy, and maintained facilities growth through the passage of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST), ensuring multi-million dollar schools are constructed and critical facility upgrades are completed. In 2006, he was nominated for the National Superintendent of the Year and received the Georgia PTA 2006 Outstanding Educator & PTA Advocate Award, in 2007 he was honored by the Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council during the Tribute to the Community STARs for outstanding achievements and contributions, and in 2008 he received the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) Administrative Support Award. In 2009, he was honored at the dedication ceremony for the Dr. Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr. Technology Center at Montgomery Landing Apartments and most recently he was named as a recipient of the Beach Institute Education Award presented at the Annual King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Awards Banquet.
Prior to being appointed Superintendent of Schools in Savannah-Chatham County, Dr. Lockamy served eight years as the Deputy Superintendent for the Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, VA., a district of 37,000 students. He managed a staff of 129 school administrators within the Division of Academic Affairs and Accountability, including assistant superintendents and central administration department heads. He monitored the implementation of the district staff development budget and the Norfolk Public Schools Comprehensive Accountability System to ensure staff accountability through district and state benchmarks.
Dr. Lockamy held a variety of positions in Norfolk Public Schools, including Assistant Superintendent, Academic Affairs and Accountability from 1996-1997; Assistant Superintendent, Division of School Governance from 1994-1996; Assistant Superintendent, Elementary Schools from 1990-1994; Executive Director, Department of Instruction from 1987-1990 and Director, Department of Instruction from 1985-1987. From 1983-1985, Dr. Lockamy was a Curriculum and Instruction Research/Teacher and Consultant with New Bern/Craven County Schools in New Bern, N.C., and served in several capacities in the Tarboro City School District in Tarboro, N.C. from 1976-1983. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lockamy was a teacher in Fayetteville, N.C. from 1966-1971, and a principal in Camden, N.C. from 1971-1976.
Dr. Lockamy believes his key attributes are "excellent human relations skills, an extensive knowledge of assessment and accountability, and the ability to work with a diverse student population.” He feels that one of his greatest accomplishments was the elimination of the achievement gap in reading while serving as Deputy Superintendent in Norfolk. During his tenure in Savannah, he is most proud of passage of the ESPLOST referendum, having all students in uniforms, and his continuing efforts to raise student achievement through greater accountability measures.
Dr. Lockamy holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Education Administration, and an Advanced Masters in Educational Specialist – all from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Education in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.