LAURINBURG — Incumbent Scotland County Board of Education member Charles Brown will have competition for his seat next year from Carolyn Banks, an educator who filed on Monday to contest the board’s at-large seat.
Banks is a Scotland County native and lives in the Wagram area. She currently teaches science, technology, engineering, and math at Spring Hill Middle School, but says she is approaching retirement and would like to continue to serve students as a school board member.
“I have a sense of the technology, the workforce development, the career and technical education that the kids are getting into now, preparing them for jobs before they even leave high school,” said Banks.
Banks taught in Hoke County, where she became the first teacher to earn National Board certification, for 20 years before moving to Spring Hill. She is a member of Franklin Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, where she is also secretary, drama director, and a member of the choir.
She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Capella University and is past president of the N.C. Technology Education Teachers Association.
“Now is a critical time in education and our students have to be prepared to live in a global society,” Banks said. “The world is changing and so are the students who walk into our schools each day. They deserve the very best education we can give them. “
Brown, who filed last week, is running for a third term. Also on the Scotland County Board of Education, the three Stewartsville seats held by Jeff Byrd, Wayne Cromartie, and Pat Gates will be open next year. So far, only Karen James has filed to run to represent the Stewartsville township.
As the school board race is nonpartisan, the March primary will serve to winnow down the number of candidates to twice the number of seats available. If fewer than seven candidates file for Stewartsville seats and fewer than three candidates file for the at-large seat, all candidates will move to the November general election.
Also up for re-election next year on the Scotland County Board of Commissioners are Williamson Township representative Bob Davis, Laurel Hill Township representative John Alford, Stewartsville Township representative Clarence McPhatter, and at-large commissioner Whit Gibson, all of whom have filed to run as Democrats.
With one week left in the filing period, no challengers have filed for a seat on the county board of commissioners.
Scotland County’s incumbent register of deeds, L. Page Pratt, III, has also filed for re-election with no challengers as of yet.
Filing will close at noon on Dec. 21.
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.