Phillips ending school board run with closing of 2013
When the Northumberland County School Board meets in January, it will be the first time this century that Myrtle Phillips hasn’t been a member.
Phillips, who has served on the Board since she was appointed in 2000, declined to run for a fourth term last fall and completed 13 years in office at the end of 2013.
Phillips was initially appointed to the board to complete the unfinished term of Elois Toulson. A year later, after the county changed from an appointed to an elected board, Phillips became its first elected member. No members from when Phillips first joined remain on the school board.
During Phillips tenure, the county built a new middle and high school, raised its graduation rates exponentially and qualified as one of the few fully accredited school systems in the Commonwealth.
Phillips said Friday that while she and other members of the board would bring up points of concern over the years, it pretty much operated by consensus during her tenure.
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