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Transportation official resigns school position

Halifax County Public Schools Department of Transportation Coordinator Earl Womack has resigned from his position with the school system effective immediately.

Halifax County School Board members unanimously accepted his resignation following a closed-door session Monday evening, according to Halifax County School Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon.

Herndon, who was attending a Region 8 meeting Tuesday morning, said she could not discuss the reasons for the resignation citing it is a personnel issue.

“I can say his resignation was accepted,” Herndon said.

School Board Chairman Kimberly Farson also was unable to comment on Womack’s decision to resign saying, “He just resigned.”

Commenting on Womack’s resignation, ED-7 school board representative R. K. “Dick” Stoneman said, “That’s personnel, classified. We accepted his resignation last night, and that’s all I can say.”

Dr. Roger Long, ED-5 trustee, said, “That’s a personnel matter. I can not comment.”

ED-1 representative Phyllis Smith said “No, I will not (comment.) All I know is he resigned, and all questions should be directed at Dr. Herndon.”

ED-6 trustee Fay Satterfield said, “All I know is we were presented a resignation, and the board can not discuss it because it’s a personnel matter.”

Attempts to contact other school board members were unsuccessful Tuesday.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Womack, who has been employed with the school system since 2005, explained he resigned as school transportation coordinator due to health and family reasons.

“I have had health issues involving sleep apnea and high blood pressure, and we have had to place one of our children who has autism in a facility in Lingium which is on the other side of Charlottesville, and we have been back and forth a lot,” Womack said.

He said in the immediate future he must focus on his health, because “I’m no good to anyone if my health is not right.”

The father of eight children said his first priority is “taking care of my family,” and he plans to focus his attention on serving his constituents as their representative on the board of supervisors.

Womack, who was elected to represent ED-3 on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors in November, attended his first board meeting earlier this month.

When asked Tuesday if Womack had resigned from the board of supervisors, Chairman Tom West said, “I have not heard a thing.” 

Womack said in a telephone interview Tuesday he has no plans of resigning from his position as ED-3 supervisor.