Four Republicans leaving Forsyth County school board

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The 2014 election is still six months away, but a major shake-up on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education is already in the works.

Four of the board’s nine incumbents did not file for re-election. Longtime members Jane Goins, A.L. “Buddy” Collins, Marilyn Parker and Jill Tackabery have decided not to run again for their seats. All are Republicans.

Goins is the board’s current chair and longest-serving member, sitting on the board for nearly 30 years.

She was the only board member involved in the selection process of the new superintendent, Beverly Emory and Emory’s predecessor, Don Martin, who retired last July after nearly 20 years. Goins did not return a call for comments Friday.

All of the retiring members had served on the board for more than a decade. Parker was first elected in 1998; Collins has served continuously since 2000 and Tackabery was elected in 2002. Tackabery did not return a call for comments Friday.

Of the five incumbents who have filed to run for election, two have not served a full term. Republican John Davenport was appointed to the board in 2011 to fill the seat vacated by Geneva Brown. Republican Irene May was appointed last year to fill Donny Lambeth’s seat after he was elected to the General Assembly.

Should she be reelected, Republican Jeannie Metcalf will be the senior board member, having served since 1994. Metcalf said the departure of the four members shows their confidence in Emory.

“It shows their confidence in her,” Metcalf said. “And it’s going to give those new folks some time to get their feet wet.”

Democrats Victor Johnson and Elisabeth Motsinger are the other two incumbents seeking reelection. Johnson has served on the board since 1997. Motsinger was first elected in 2006.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal


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