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Two on Halifax County School Board opt not to run again / March 20, 2017

Two members of the Halifax County School Board announced over the weekend they will not run for re-election in the November general election.

The separate decisions by ED-2 trustee Kim Farson and ED-6 trustee Fay Satterfield mean that next year’s School Board will include only one of its members from 2015, Walter Potts in ED-8.

Farson and Satterfield join Dick Stoneman, who resigned in mid-February due to health reasons, and Karen Hopkins, who announced last week that she would not run for another term, as members who will going off the board this year.

The terms of both outgoing trustees end Dec. 31.

Farson, who served as School Board chairman for two consecutive terms before stepping away from the post at the end of 2016, said “it has been both an honor and a privilege to serve on the Halifax County School Board for the past two terms.

“I have gained the upmost respect for the employees of our school system that go above and beyond their normal job duties daily to provide transportation, guidance, instruction, hot meals, clean schools and many other services too numerous to name,” said Farson in a statement.

“We have some very special people working with and coming in contact with our students daily and to them I give a sincere, ‘Thank you’ for all you do that often seems to go unnoticed.

“Unfortunately, I must admit my decision to not seek reelection came easy. Even though I still have a great love for the youth of Halifax County, I’ve come to the realization the political aspect of being a board member isn’t something I care for. The reasons I chose to run for a seat on the school board soon got lost in the constant policies and regulations, unreasonable state testing requirements and personnel issues.

“My intentions to run seemed simple — I wanted to give all students an opportunity to become successful. I wanted our students to feel safe. I wanted to see an end to bullying, and I wanted to contribute positively to something I felt passionate about — the education and future of the youth in Halifax County,” she stated.

“I give a huge thank you to my family who have been so supportive and made many sacrifices during my time on the board. I also appreciate and respect the time and dedication given by all the board members who I have had the pleasure to serve with over the years.

“ And in closing I wish much success for the upcoming board as they face some of the same challenges we have faced over the years.”

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All of these exiting members are going to select a new supt. and then hand it off to a another board with significant number of new members??!!?? Ummm!!!

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