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Wayne Board of Education chair steps down

After serving 18 years on the Wayne County Board of Education, Shirley Sims plans to step down effective June 30.

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. — After serving 18 years on the Wayne County Board of Education, Shirley Sims plans to step down effective June 30.

The District 2 representative began her Board of Education career in December of 1992 and officially announced her resignation Friday afternoon.

Sims, who became the first minority female Wayne County Board of Education chair in 2006, says that she plans to end her term early so she can move to a senior community near Garner to be closer to her family.

"Shirley Sims has served the citizens in her district and throughout Wayne County very well during her 18 years as a member of the Wayne County Board of Education. She has been an advocate for both students and staff during her tenure not only in Wayne County but throughout the state," Board Chair Rick Pridgen said in a statement.

Sims graduated from Winston-Salem State University in 1956 with a degree in elementary education. Her first teaching job was at Dudley Elementary School, now Brogden Primary, followed by a stint as assistant principal at Rosewood School, which was then a K-12 school. She also taught for one year at West Elm Street School.

After retirement in 1986, Sims worked 9½ years at Wayne Community College as a classroom instructor and as a supervisor of off-campus instructors who were involved in the WCC Homeless Program.

Sims has a master's degree in Education from North Carolina A&T State University and a supervision certificate from East Carolina University. Besides earning the Raleigh-Dingman Award in 2002, she was also inducted into the Winston-Salem State University National Alumni Hall of Distinction in 2008.

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will appoint a replacement for Sims to serve out the remainder of her term, which ends in 2012.

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