Lee County Schools - Learners become Leaders

Our Purpose

All children will graduate with more than a high school diploma.

Our Mission

Lee County Schools will teach each student the social and academic skills needed to become a responsible & productive citizen.

Our Vision

Lee County Schools, in partnership with the community, will provide challenging learning experiences for students in a safe and supportive environment. We are committed to academic excellence, technological innovations, social responsibility, and life-long learning. Our success will be demonstrated by the achievement of our students and their positive participation in society.

Quick Facts

Location: Sanford, North Carolina

Number of Schools: 17

Number of Students: 8,966 (2022-2023)

Average Class Size (State Avg. in Parenthesis)

  • Kindergarten: 13 (16)

  • First Grade: 14 (15)

  • Second Grade: 12 (16)

  • Third Grade: 13 (16)

  • Fourth Grade: 14 (20)

  • Fifth Grade: 12 (21)

  • Sixth Grade: 13 (19)

  • Seventh Grade: 16 (16)

  • Eighth Grade: 14 (14)

Superintendent Dossenbach reads to a group of third grade students at Tramway Elementary

A note from Dr. Chris Dossenbach, Superintendent of Lee County Schools

Dear Lee County Schools Community,

It is a great honor and privilege to serve as your Superintendent. As a lifelong resident of Sanford and a proud product of Lee County Schools, I am deeply committed to the success and growth of our district.

After graduating from Lee County High School, I pursued my passion for education at North Carolina State University, earning a Bachelor's degree in English. My journey led me back to the classroom, where I dedicated many years teaching English Language Arts. Inspired by a desire to enact broader change, I pursued a Master's in School Administration from North Carolina State University, eventually transitioning to leadership roles within our district.

Having served as Principal at Southern Lee High School for six years and later as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Instruction, I am steadfast in my belief that every student possesses the potential to excel at a high level. I am deeply committed to fostering an environment where both students and educators can thrive.

In my role as Superintendent, I am dedicated to collaborating with all stakeholders, including parents, businesses, and community leaders. Together, we will continue to build upon the rich traditions of Lee County Schools while embracing innovation and progress.

I am blessed to be supported by my wife, Daysi, and our two children, Jackson and Lucas, who inspire me each day to strive for excellence.  I look forward to working with each of you as we embark on this journey of academic achievement and growth.

Warm regards,

Chris Dossenbach



Contact Us

  • 106 Gordon Street, Sanford, NC 27330

  • Phone: (919) 774-6226

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Non-Discrimination Disclosure

In compliance with federal law, Lee County Schools administers all locally operated educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.

Inquiries or complaints regarding discrimination issues should be directed to:

Stacie Eggers, Assistant Superintendent-Operations
Lee County Schools
PO Box 1010
Sanford, NC 27331-1010
919.774.6226 (phone); 919.776.4954 (fax)