The Dickenson County School System provides quality education for grades K-12. Programs for the gifted and talented are available for all ages, interests and ability levels. Special education programs are also provided.

The Dickenson County School System is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers programs for gifted students and programs in special education for handicapped students.

The school system operates three high schools, five elementary schools, and a vocational school. The total enrollment of all the Dickenson County Public Schools is 2,463 students.

The Dickenson County Career Center is centrally located at Clinchco and offers more than a dozen training specialties. Each high school has its own vocational curriculum as well.

There are several higher education opportunities available around Dickenson County such as Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands and Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap. Both colleges offer two-year programs in technical and occupational fields and transfer programs. There are also several four year institutions within three hours of Dickenson County.

Central Office Personnel

  • Judy Compton, Dickenson County Superintendent
  • Debra Colley, Supervisor for Elementary/Middle/Secondary Education
  • Mark Mullins, Supervisor Federal Programs/Liscensure Personnel
  • Denisha Edwards, Director of Special Education, Career + Technical
  • Connie Stallard, Special Education, Special Services Coordinator
  • Mike Setser, Compliant/Truancy
  • Burl Mooney, Director of Transportation

School Board Members

  • Bill Patton, Ervinton District, Chairman
  • Rocky Barton, Sandlick District, Vice Chairman
  • Dr. Lurton Lyle, Clintwood District
  • Jewell Askins, Willis District
  • Susan Mullins, Kenady District