Matthews seeks school board seat

Published 10:16 am Monday, February 20, 2012

JACKSON — Northampton County Schools Assistant Superintendent Phil Matthews is planning his retirement and, simultaneously, his run for a seat on the Northampton County Board of Education.

On Thursday, Matthews filed his intent to run for one of four seats up for bid on the seven member Board of Education.

“That is my plan is to retire, finish out this school year with 36 years in the school system,” he said.

During those three decades Matthews has worked for Northampton County Schools in various roles, which has placed him in the position of serving the school district on various levels and in different capacities.

“I’ve worked right here for Northampton County Schools for 36 years,” said Matthews. “During the course of time I feel like I’ve gained a lot of knowledge. While I’m ready to retire, I’m not ready to go home and sit in a chair.”

It’s that experience and knowledge in Northampton County Schools that he plans to offer voters and citizens.

Matthews would have to retire by June 30 if he was to win his bid for election. In July, new and incumbent board members are sworn into office.

If Matthews were to win he would also need to resign from his councilman position on the Conway Town Council.

Regardless of what happens come election time, Matthews said he will retire.

“It’s time for me to retire,” he said.