With wife Karen and daughter Kaylan there to support him, current Sampson County Board of Education member Dewain Sinclair filed late this afternoon with the local Board of Elections for his second term, throwing his hat back into the ring for another four years on the county school board.
“I feel like we owe a lot to the school system and to Sampson County,” said Sinclair, a Sampson native, on Monday about his decision to run for office again. “My wife and I have raised four children here. Three are graduates of Hobbton High School and one is a junior at Hobbton.
“Anything that I can help do or contribute I want to do,” he continued, sharing that he is excited to be part of the “excellent” county school system. “We have an excellent system, a great staff, and I think our new superintendent, Dr. Bracy, is going to be a real asset to us.”
Sinclair also praised his fellow school board members, all individuals he hopes will also be returning to their seats come May.
“I would like to see the current board continue. We (the system) are having a little bit of turnover right now,” he acknowledged. “Our board is a good; we’re solid. We all seem to have the same focus about where we are, where we need to go and how to get there. I just don’t feel like we need anymore change right now.”
In anticipation of another four years at the school board table, Sinclair noted that one of his main concerns in education is teacher pay, with teacher raises being something he wants to continue to push for.
“Our teachers are a great asset. We’ve got great educators here; people who are really focused on the success of the students, but they’re somewhat underpaid and overworked,” the 1980 Hobbton High School graduate said. “I’d would love to see them get some well-deserved pay increases.”
As he pursues office once again, Sinclair expressed his thanks for “the support I’ve had from all over the county.”
“I’ve learned a lot during these first four years. It’s been quite a learning curve,” he said, thanking experienced school board members, staff, and teachers for helping him learn the ropes of the job, as well as his family and friends.
“We’ve got a good group,” he added. “There’s always room for improvement but we’re headed in the right direction.”
Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.