The Clinton City Schools Board of Education gathered Monday afternoon to show their appreciation for Randy Barefoot’s eight years of service on the school board.
Barefoot’s term as board member ends June 30, and he is not seeking reelection to the board. Staff, family and friends held a reception in his honor at Sampson Middle School.
“Many sacrifices are made to become an elected official,” board chairwoman Carol Worley said. “Being a school board member entails an endless string of meetings, school functions to attend, stacks of reports, agendas, proposals and other information to ready and study, not to mention the difficult decisions to be made.”
While serving on the school board takes a great deal of time and commitment, Barefoot said he was happy to give back to the community that had given so much to him.
“I would like to thank my family for allowing me to serve this community for the last eight years,” Barefoot said. “Also, Prestage for giving me back to the community and allowing me to serve in this position. And to the people of this community, thank you for letting me serve you.”
According to Worley, it takes a great deal of time and energy to serve as a school board member, however, Barefoot went above and beyond what is expected.
“Randy’s advocacy work went beyond the politics in Sampson County,” she explained. “He served as our representative on the North Carolina School Board Association Council. There, he worked alongside other board members across the state to develop the legislative agenda used by the School Board Association to lobby state lawmakers on behalf of our students.”
Barefoot was very supportive of the investment in the system’s long term facility study, which provided an overview of the capital needs throughout the district and now serves as the guide for the capital outlay plans.
During public meeting, Barefoot rarely had much to say, but Worley said the other board members often looked to him for his input and knowledge when it came to athletics and facilities.
“Only time will tell how many lives you touched,” Worley added. “Thank you for bringing your passion, intellect, insight, experience an resources to the table. We will miss having you at our board meetings. However, we know we are not losing your relationship with Clinton City Schools by no means.”