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By Brian Wudkwych
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Pitt County Board of Education selected members Mildred Council and Anna Barrett Smith as chairwoman and vice chairwoman, respectively, during Monday’s board meeting.

“It’s exciting,” Council, who represents District 2, said following the meeting. “I’m looking forward to serving the children even more, going into my fifth year.”

Council’s appointment marks her first experience as chairwoman, where she will lead the meetings and work sessions.

She said her goals involve getting the board more ingrained with the community to assess the direct needs of the district and further serve the students.

“I would like to see us get a little bit more involved with community organizations that I believe could help us do even more than we’re already doing,” Council said. “Not just the foundations and the bigger boards, but more of the civic organizations can be helpful to us.”

Council takes over for Caroline Doherty, who served as the chairwoman for a year.

Doherty said her time as chairwoman was an honor and a privilege but that a new direction could help the board accomplish its goals.

“It’s really good to have new leadership and fresh perspectives to keep this board moving forward,” Doherty said to Council and Barrett Smith. “I have every bit of confidence in both you to do so.”

Barrett Smith, who takes over for Mary Blount Williams, said her main goal for the upcoming year is to continue to monitor student achievement and to ensure that the graduation rate stays at a satisfactory level.

“I’m very appreciative and humbled,” Barrett Smith, who represents District 5, said. “I look forward to working with Mildred and getting stuff done next year.”

The board also held a second reading on a proposal to establish a business advisory council, a state-mandate panel meant to better engage business people with the school system. The board is expected to vote the policy into effect during its January meeting. 

Contact Brian Wudkwych at bwudkwych@reflector.com or 252-329-9567 and follow @brianwudkwych on Twitter.

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