BURGAW, NC (WECT) - In the midst of candidates filing to run for office, the leader of the Pender County Board of Education has decided not to seek another term.
Karen Rouse released a statement Wednesday, saying she needs to step away from the Board to "focus on my own education". She added that she hoped to one day return to public service.
"As a community, we have shown support for our schools with the passage of the School Bond, which will provide much needed space and upgrades to our schools," Rouse said in an email statement. "We have seen increased graduation rates and all of our schools met or exceeded growth last year. While having an outstanding group of employees at all levels, Pender County Schools will see continuous improvement and I am very proud of the quality education we provide our students."
One other member of the board is up for re-election in 2016. Brad George has not filed for re-election as of Wednesday afternoon.