After serving on the Sampson County Schools Board of Education for more than a decade, Glenn Tart wants to give someone else a chance to become an advocate for education.
During a Thursday morning work session with his colleagues, Tart announced that he will not seek another term on the board for the county. It was a surprise to many school officials in attendance.
“We have a lot of wonderful people in this county and it’s time to give someone else a chance to step to the plate and maybe look at things with a different set of eyes and approach,” Tart said. “I’ve enjoyed my tenure, it’s been a good run.”
Tart said he spent a lengthy amount of time on the school board. He wishes state legislators and others in Washington, D.C. would take the same approach. But during his time, Tart said he accomplished a lot.
“I think the school system is better off now,” Tart said after the meeting. “But I think history will judge if that’s a true statement or not. I truly enjoyed my tenure on the board and thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people.”
He said the county has wonderful employees and resources in the school system and mentioned the board, which makes important decisions for local education.
“This board has worked well together,” Tart said.
Along with giving someone else the opportunity to serve on the board, Tart also mentioned family as another reason. He’s married to Lisa Tart, a media specialist at Hobbton Middle School. Together they have two daughters, Candice Phillips, a nurse, and Natalie Starr Tart, a teacher in Johnson County; and two grandchildren, Scarlett and Savannah. His son-in-law, Brandon Phillips, is an U.S. Army soldier, serving in Iraq.
“I just want to be with my family,” Tart said about spending more time with them.
Years ago, Tart said he made a decision to join the board to offer assistance with building new high schools in Sampson County with his background in construction.
“We were in desperate need of more facilities,” Tart said. “We were overcrowded, especially in the Midway district. We had a high school where there were more people outside than inside.”
Throughout his tenure, Tart said several schools were built along with renovation projects.
“That was one of the biggest reasons I ran for the school board,” Tart said about making improvements. “I didn’t have an ax to grind.”
Tart also served on the Hobbton Advisory Board and served as a PTO president at Hobbton Middle School.
“The most precious gift you can give is your time,” he said while referring to his motto. “I’ve always tried to do that.”
But now, he thinks it would be nice to have representation on the board from people who have children attending Sampson County Schools.
“I think that’s very important,” he said.
Born and raised in the Hobbton district, Tart said he wanted to give back. He stressed that he enjoyed his tenure on the board and said the district is “a wonderful place with wonderful people.” During the meeting, Board Chairman Dewain Sinclair said Tart poured his heart and soul into being a board member and working with the district.
“You have served this county and the school system well,” Sinclair said.
Tart will continue to serve on the board up until June 30, 2016. He made the announcement early to give residents enough time to run for his seat.
Ashley Tew, director of the Sampson County Board of Elections, said filing for four-year terms is scheduled to begin at noon Dec. 1 and end at noon Dec. 21 for the March 15, 2016 election. Along with Tart, board members Faye Gay and and Sonya Powell are also up for election.
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