White holds onto seat
Vance County gave Gloria White another term on the Vance County Board of Education in Tuesday’s primary.
“First, I would like to thank God,” the chairwoman said. “Secondly, I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that voted, supported and believed in me.”
White beat challenger Carolyn Faines in a race for the District 1 seat on the board.
When the votes were tallied, White took 58.9 percent of the vote — or 491 ballots — while Faines had 41.1 percent, or 342 votes.
“With me running that close, it shows that people are looking for a change,” Faines said Wednesday.
Faines said she started her campaign to bring a new perspective to the board and to be the voice of people wanting to see a difference in the school system.
“I hope that she hears the cries for change from parents, personnel and students and listens to the concerns to fix our school system,” Faines said.
White said she is as motivated as ever to continue her tenure.
She said she plans to continue advancing the programs she and the board have put in place over the last years.
Previously, White has fostered many school programs that foster reading and math in the classroom, including allowing students and administrators to update board members on what’s happening in the classroom.
“I believe in Vance County and Vance County schools,” White said. “I will continue to strive to do what is in the best interest of children and those employed by Vance County Schools.”
Going into her new term, White said she wants to work to increase the graduation rate, decrease the suspension rate and advocate better teacher pay.
Faines said she would continue to put efforts into the school system, as well.
“When I was running, I didn’t want to just be part of the board; I wanted to be a part of the school system,” she said. “I want to put myself back in schools to see how my experience can help.”
White has been a part of the board for more than 10 years, serving multiple terms as chairwoman.
In this year’s school board race, White’s seat was the only one contested.
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