G.H. Wilson and Telfair Simpson will lead the Sampson County Board of Education for the next year, as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, after two unanimous votes Monday night.
Simpson, who has been on the board for five years now and served as vice chairman when Glenn Tart was chairman two years ago, said he appreciated, and was surprised, by his nomination.
“To be honest with you, my intent was to keep things the way they were,” Simpson said. “It caught me by surprise when Mrs. (Mary) Brown nominated me, but it also made me feel great. I really appreciate it.”
“I am just honored,” asserted Wilson, who will serve his second consecutive term as chairman and his fourth in his 17 years on the board. “I am honored that the board has that much faith in what I am doing. We work well together and I am really proud to have been named chairman once again.”
Wilson’s nomination came from member Mary Brown, who was the board’s former vice chairman. With no other nominations, the Midway district representative was given a unanimous nod by the board (with the exception of Glenn Tart, who was not at the meeting).
“I am excited about the way our school system is moving, as well as the cohesiveness of our board,” Wilson said. “We get along together well, and everyone on this board wants to continue to move the system in the right direction. I think this board is 100 percent behind our superintendent (Dr. Ethan Lenker), and we know we have some work to do, but our End of Course tests were just amazing … and we are excited to be moving in the right direction.”
Simpson was also nominated by Brown. Like Wilson, no other nominations were taken.
“I am really proud to be part of this board,” Simpson said. “Not only of the board, but from the leadership on down. From Dr. Lenker to the central office staff, to the teachers to the students _ it is a great cohesion, and there are a lot of factors that go into making it all successful.”
Both men said they were excited about their continued work with the board.
“We are excited about opening up Roseboro Elementary and we are excited about working with our staff, students and our commissioners,” said Wilson. “We are just looking forward to a promising year coming up.”
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