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Hopkins won’t seek re-election to school board

Former Halifax County School Board Chairman Karen Hopkins confirmed Tuesday she has no plans to seek re-election in November.

After serving one four-year term on the board, Hopkins said, “The decision was hard to make” describing it as “bittersweet.”

According to Hopkins, now is the time she needs to concentrate on her family and spend more time with her children.

“When I made the decision, the kids especially were happy…it’s a job that requires a lot of time and responsibility, and I’ve enjoyed working with everyone,” Hopkins added.

In addition to ED-2 trustee Hopkins, also up for re-election this fall are ED-3 trustee Kimberly Farson and ED-6 trustee Fay Satterfield.

Satterfield confirmed Tuesday she will seek re-election and has already picked up her packet from the General Registrar’s office.

In seeking a second four-year term on the school board, Satterfield said many changes have taken place within the school system. She is running again in hopes of being re-elected so “she can see some of the things completed.”

Farson, who currently serves as chairman of the board, said Tuesday she remains undecided on whether or not she will run in the November election and is still weighing the pros and cons at this time.

“I have not picked up a packet yet. I haven’t made a decision. I’m still trying to look at all the pros and cons,” said Farson.

Prior to becoming a school board representative, Farson, who has three children of her own in the school system, said she had never had to miss a ball game, parent-teacher conference or other event.

However, after joining the school board, she has found herself having to make those hard decisions. 

“I have enjoyed the diversities of the group,” she said of fellow school board members.

The deadline for interested candidates to file applications with the registrar’s office is Tuesday, June 11.