As a member of the Sampson County Schools Board of Education, Dewain Sinclair is ready to serve another term as chairman.
The decision for Sinclair to remain as chair was made during a Monday meeting by a unanimous decision. In addition, Sonya Powell will continue to serve the board as vice chairman.
“It’s an honor to be selected as chairman again,” Sinclair said referring to his qualified colleagues. “I look forward to the challenge. Last year was a learning experience for me.”
As chairman, he’s looking forward to continuing his work with the board and other school officials.
“I’m looking forward to working with Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy as he continues to move our system forward,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenging year, but it’s going to be a rewarding year.”
When it comes to challenges such as funding, Sinclair believes the work of a board member is no different than other years.
“We have a lot of challenges facing us with the budget,” Sinclair said. “The state budget has not been settled and we don’t know what kind of funds we’ll have allocated this year. Until that happens, we don’t know how that will effect us in the classrooom.”
While discussing funding, he also mentioned improvements graduation rates and test scores, but indicated how there’s always room for improvement.
“We have a lot to be proud of, but you can never rest on your laurels,” Sinclair said. “We have to keep moving forward and that’s what we attend to do.”
Sinclair has served the board for six years and is currently in his second term as a board member.
“I just enjoy staying in tune of what’s going on with our school system and being a part of the school system,” he said. “It’s just a natural progression for me.”
As a parent, his children attended of Sampson County Schools. He was also involved in PTO organizations and local sports. Sinclair and his wife, Karen, are also products and of Sampson County Schools. When Sinclair isn’t dealing with school matters, he operates a family-owned swine operation.
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