With only minutes left of the 2018 filing period, Clinton City Schools superintendent Dr. Stuart Blount surprised everyone and filed for the third and final seat on the system’s Board of Education.
Blount, who announced his retirement just last week, said the decision came out of concern for the students and faculty in Clinton City Schools.
“There are a lot of good things going on in Clinton City Schools and I want to help that continue,” Blount said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon.
Three seats are up for re-election this year and only two incumbents had filed as of Tuesday afternoon. Both Georgina Zeng and Carol Worley placed their names on the ballot, but the third seat being left vacant by Randy Barefoot, who chose not to seek re-election, remained unclaimed until just before noon when Blount made his final decision.
Knowing that the third seat remained unclaimed, Blount said he made his decision based on what he felt was best for the students and staff.
“It was something I have thought about and contemplated,” Blount added. “I have been watching the filing period, and seeing who has filed, and knowing there would be one vacant seat, I decided to do what I thought was best by getting someone on the board that has the experience and knowledge of the educational system.”
Continuing his commitment to both Clinton City Schools and the educational system, Blount said he was excited about serving in a different capacity.
“I have a different take on the school system,” Blount said. “I have made an investment into our school system and it’s one I look forward to build upon.”
The decision, Blount explained, doesn’t change anything about his recently announced plans to retire and begin another educational adventure with the University of Mount Olive. His last day with Clinton City Schools is March 31.
As for the members of the Board, Blount said he strongly feels that everyone brings something different to the table, and that together, the six will mesh and best serve the students and faculty of Clinton City Schools.
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