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Halifax County School Board chairman Hopkins opts against run for re-election / March 16, 2017
Halifax County School Board chairman Karen Hopkins announced Wednesday she will not run for re-election to represent ED-2 on the board.

“I have served two terms, and it is with mixed emotions that I am announcing that I won’t be seeking re-election,” said Hopkins in a Wednesday statement announcing her decision. “I would like to thank my constituents for allowing me to represent our district on the School Board. It has been an honor.”

Hopkins, an assistant professor of nursing at SVCC, was named board chairman in February after a brief impasse developed between four-member blocs on the eight-trustee board. Before being named chairman this year, she previously served a stint as chairman in 2012.

Hopkins will serve out her term through the end of 2017.

Her decision comes as the School Board considers a successor to retiring Superintendent of Schools Merle Herndon.

In the statement announcing her decision, Hopkins praised the employees of Halifax County Public Schools and offered a few words for her own successor.

School Board members will be chosen in ED-2, ED-3, ED-6 and ED-7 in the November election.

“I highly respect the commitment of our teachers, principals and administration, thanking them for all they do for the children of this county,” wrote Hopkins. “I would like to take this time to recognize the school in my district. Clays Mill may be one of the smaller schools in our system, but it has faculty and staff who have a strong dedication to the children who attend.

“I have had the pleasure of working with two principals who have exhibited strong leadership in our school system. Sherrie Cowan, who is now principal at Scottsburg Elementary, and David Duffer who is the current principal at Clays Mill.

“The last eight years have not always been easy, but they have been rewarding. There have been good times and not so good times. With a declining budget, there have been decisions made that have not been easy. Our school system should be a priority for all entities we depend on for financial support whether it be on the federal, state or local level.

“I have several thoughts for my successor. A strong educational background will make our children successful after their graduation. I say this for those who choose to attend college and those who do not. A safe, academically strong school system, with updated facilities will make our county attractive to industries who will bring jobs allowing our children to make a good living.

“Never forgetting that the children in our school system will be the future leaders of our county is of upmost importance. As the school motto says, ‘Children First For a Brighter Future.’”

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Great! She should have resigned a long time ago. She doesn't return phone calls and I could go on and on! Children First? That's a joke!


I want to thank Ms. Hopkins for her service to a thankless job. She served with dignity and honor and tried to put the children's interest forefront. Good luck in your future endeavors and your experience will be missed.

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