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New school board members to be sworn in

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Robert Moore


Holly West

Monday, December 5, 2016

Four new board members will be sworn in at the Pitt County Board of Education’s meeting tonight. 

All nine seats were up for grabs in the Nov. 8 election. Incumbents retained five seats: Mildred Council in District 2, Mary Blount-Williams in District 3, Worth Forbes in District 6, Caroline Doherty in District 7, and Benjie Forrest in District 9. All but Forbes and Blount-Williams were running unopposed. 

District 1’s representative is Robert Moore. Moore, who previously served on the Board of Education, was a board member and director of school tours for Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County until a couple weeks ago, when he stepped down to prepare for his new role. Now retired, he worked for decades at the DuPont plant in Kinston and the Sara Lee Corporation in Tarboro, mostly in quality control. His three children graduated from J.H. Rose High School.

Betsy Flanagan beat out incumbent Marc Whichard for the District 4 seat. Flanagan is an accounting and finance consultant who works with small businesses. Her three sons attend Farmville schools, where she has been a volunteer and parent leader since her ninth-grader started kindergarten. She has held several officer positions in Parent Teacher Associations and has been part of the School Improvement and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, teams. Last year, she was part of Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County’s Parent Engagement Program.

District 5 representative Anna Barrett Smith, who ran unopposed, works part-time as a corporate recruiter for an oncology sales firm. Her three children attend Eastern Elementary, E.B. Aycock Middle School and J.H. Rose High School. She has held leadership roles in the Eastern Elementary PTA and E.B. Aycock Booster Club multiple times, and is currently participating in Parents for Public Schools’ Parent Engagement Program.

Melinda Fagundus will represent District 8 after also running unopposed. She is a member of Parents for Public Schools and participant in its Parent Engagement Program. Her son attends J.H. Rose High School and her daughter is a student at C.M. Eppes Middle School. She worked as a neonatal nurse practitioner at Vidant Medical Center for 30 years before retiring, and still works there as a supplemental nurse.

After swearing in the new members, a new chairperson and vice chairperson will be elected. 

Also at the meeting, board members will: 

• Review the proposed 2017-18 calendars for the Early College High School and traditional schools, in addition to the 2018-19 calendar for traditional schools. 

• Consider a contractor for the Elmhurst gym project, which is expected to start construction in the spring. The school currently does not have a gym. Bids were submitted by A.R. Chesson, Farrior & Sons, Harrod and Associates Constructors, PRO Construction, and Stocks & Taylor Construction.

• Set a date for the January board meeting.

Contact Holly West at hwest@reflector.com or 252-329-9585.