By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Faye Taylor submitted her resignation from the Edgecombe County Board of Education at Monday evening’s meeting. Her resignation is effective Dec. 31.
Taylor represents Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) District 7, which includes Bulluck Elementary, West Edgecombe Middle and SouthWest Edgecombe High.
“I just felt like this was the right timing,” Taylor said. “I am at a time in my life right now where I feel I am better off serving in the school system itself and working directly with teachers and children and helping make a difference.”
The school board will discuss its timeline, schedule and process for filling Taylor’s vacancy at its next business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13.
Taylor has been a board member for three and a half years. Prior to that, she had a career in education, including 19 years of service in the ECPS system. She spent 12 of those years as principal of Bulluck Elementary School.
“We wish Ms. Taylor the best of luck as she looks to get back into the field,” ECPS Superintendent John Farrelly said. “She has been an exemplary board member who is committed to doing the right things for all children.”
Taylor said serving on the board has been one of the best learning experiences of her life.
“I really have learned a lot. It’s been a great opportunity for me to serve the community,” she said. “We have a wonderful group of people on that school board and I have enjoyed working with them tremendously.”
Taylor did a principal internship at a middle school in Wilson County her first year serving on the ECPS board and said that’s when she realized how much she missed being an educator.
“I want to be actively involved on a daily basis helping out in the system,” she said. “I have five grandchildren in this district and I want to see each of the schools in the county succeeding at its best level.”
Taylor said she is particularly excited about the district’s initiative to open a new “global school” – Martin Millennium Academy, and plans on being involved in that process. ”I think this is us setting the bar high to challenge our children to achieve at a higher level,” she said. “I think that it will give them a new mindset, I think it will give them a new focus…”
Taylor said she plans to spend her time volunteering in the system, and continue to attend board meetings to show her support.
Board policy 1210 provides that the remaining board members will fill a vacancy by advertising to provide notice to interested applicants. An applicant must be a resident of the district where the vacancy occurs, and must submit a statement of intent and documentation of residency.
Eligibly applicants must be given an opportunity to address the board at a meeting, and the board will vote in the same way as for election of officers.