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Superintendent's Message

Welcome! My name is Melody Hackney, and I am in my fifth year as the Hopewell City Public Schools Superintendent.  What an amazing journey these past four years have been! I remain humbled and honored to serve in this capacity, and am incredibly proud of our work to date.  

Who in the world would have thought we’d find ourselves leading through an international pandemic!?  I am grateful to all of you for your patience and understanding as our new “normal” has become anything but that.  Our goal is to get our staff and students back to in-person teaching and learning as soon as possible!  In the meantime, thank you for your grace.  


Even with our current Covid-19 challenges, five years in, there is nowhere else I’d rather be!  I remain extremely blessed to serve Hopewell City Public Schools. During my time in Hopewell, I have seen tremendous progress and growth in our instructional design, specifically project-based learning, and our kids are more engaged than ever. We are grateful to our parents and community partners for the privilege of growing Hopewell’s next generation and most precious resource.  I look forward to continuing my service to our families by always putting our students’ needs first. We are seeking out the best in the business of education as well as through community partners to enhance their experience both in and out of the classroom.  I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and adaptability as we have made the difficult but successful transition to virtual learning classrooms.  


Since joining the HCPS family, my motto has been, “Unwavering HOPE until all the children are WELL!” I am committed to this mission and am happy to work with a team of administrators, staff and teachers, also dedicated to this philosophy. I find joy in this work and consider it a calling. Thank you for your confidence and trust.  Be safe and blessed!


Dr. Melody Hackney