Education

Moore County school board fills second of four vacant seats

Posted June 17, 2015

After several days of rumors, the Moore County School Board on Thursday, June 4, 2015, voted to fire Superintendent Robert Grimesey during a closed-door session.
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— The second of four Moore County Board of Education seats were filled Wednesday night after they were vacated by members who resigned following controversial votes to fire and rehire superintendent Robert Grimesey.

Helena Wallin-Miller, one of two people who ran the “Parents for Moore” Facebook group, was approved in an unanimous vote during Wednesday’s school board meeting. Wallin-Miller has a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University and is currently a consultant for ICF International, according to her LinkedIn page.

Wallin-Miller, who will be sworn in on a later date, will represent district two.

Pam Thompson, who was voted to fill one of the vacant seats on June 11, was sworn in during the meeting. Thompson, who will fill an at-large seat, serves on the Board of Trustees at Sandhills Community College.

The board voted 5-3 in closed session on June 4 to fire Grimesey for undisclosed reasons, and the decision prompted an uproar from parents and the community. Three of the members who voted in favor of firing Grimesey then resigned.

The remaining members voted 4-1 on Monday to give Grimesey his job back, which he accepted with a standing ovation from supporters who packed the meeting. After the second vote, another school board member stepped down.

An at-large seat and the district one seat remain open.

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