County schools pick new leaders

By Chase Jordan

July 30, 2014

After Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy opened the floor for nominations for chairman and vice chairman of the the Sampson County Board of Education, members were all smiles as they voted and eventually switched seats.

During a Monday meeting, the board reorganized and selected new leaders for the upcoming school year.

Through a unanimous vote, board member Dewain Sinclair was selected as the next chairman. Sinclair was nominated by board member Glenn Tart.

“I would like to thank my fellow board members for putting your trust in me,” Sinclair said.

Sinclair has been a member of the board for several years and recently began his second term. He said everyday should be a learning process.

“I look around this room and I see countless years of educators and the great job you’ve done over the years,” Sinclair said. “The board has probably more than 70 years of experience.”

He wrapped up by thanking his colleagues on the board for their confidence in choosing him for the leadership role.

Sonya Powell was unanimously selected to fill the vice chair’s position. She was nominated by Mary Brown.

According to the election policy, the terms are for one year or until a successor is elected and qualified by taking the oath of office.

The chair position was previously occupied by Telfair Simpson. Faye Gay was previously the vice chairwoman.

“I think they have done an outstanding job,” board member G.H. Wilson said before asking for a round of applause for both Simpson and Gay at Monday night’s board meeting.

Powell nominated

for state board position

Powell was also nominated for a position on the North Carolina School Boards Association Board of Directors (NCSBA).

Dr. Ed Dunlap, executive director of NCSBA, notified the board about the possibility of vacancies for regional positions. The term of service is two years. Participants meet for four months during the year. In addition, board members also serve on committees.

The district is required to submit a nomination form and a one-page essay describing how the selected person can be a positive contribution to NCSBA

“You have our support,” Sinclair said to Powell about the nomination.

(Chase Jordan can be reached at 910-249-4617. Follow the paper on Twitter @SampsonInd.)