Nickolas Sojka has made the journey from Scotland County to Clinton many times over the last four years. The Clinton City Board of Education recognized Sojka for his commitment to the board and school system during a meeting earlier this week.
Sojka began working with Clinton City Schools and the Board of Education in July 2012, after he was chosen as interim attorney from a pool of candidates. Serving in that capacity for over a year until October 2013, the board felt it necessary to recognize Sojka for his unwavering service to the system and the board.
“We are thankful for Mr. Sojka for the professionalism, experience and expertise that he provides us,” Board chairwoman Georgina Zeng shared.
According to Zeng, in October 2013, the board of Education voted to remove the interim title and for Sojka to become the Clinton City Schools Board of Education attorney. Sojka has been practicing law since 1987 and began his education law practice in 1993.
“His commitment to treating all persons with dignity and respect; and providing his clients with the highest quality legal services possible has been a driving force in his career,” Zeng read from a press release. “He has a deep and abiding faith in the power of public education in order to transform the lives of young people and the communities where they are located.”
Sojka currently represents not only Clinton City Schools, but the Scotland and Hoke County School Boards of Education as general counsel and serves as special counsel to other school boards in personnel matters.
“He is a long-time member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys and he served as chairman for the organization during 2009-2010. He considers it a fulfillment in his works’ purpose as he is able to use his legal training to assist both the governing boards, administrators, principals and teachers on the front lines of public education,” the press release states.
Sojka is married to Lucy Purcell, who has family in Clinton, and has two daughters. He lives in Laurinburg, where he moved in 1993 and continues to reside and is actively involved in civic and community organizations.
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