Rogers Won’t Seek Reelection

Candle Kandle Rogers
Kandle Rogers

Veteran City School Board member Kandle Rogers will not seek reelection.

Rogers made the announcement on Facebook today (June 21), as the foiling period for city and county school boards opened.

“With prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided not seek reelection in November,” she said. “I plan to spend quality time with my family.”

She was elected to the board in 2012, and eventually was named chair. She praised the work of the Whiteville city Schools, especially teachers and staff.

“For the past 12 years,” Rogers wrote, “I have been honored that God has afforded me the opportunity to serve the community and also to advocate for students, teachers, and parents. Along the way of this learning experience I have met wonderful educators and community members.”

Rogers noted the improvements at the city schools during her tenure, giving credit to her fellow board members and the school staffs.

“We have accomplished many great things: higher test scores, increased graduation rate, CCP courses, a new football field house, (a) baseball/softball hitting facility, new facility at WHS with new tennis courts and parking. We now also have SRO’S at all campuses and continuing to upgraded security and procedures at all schools.

“Watching these improvements has been wonderful to be a part of and will continue to make a positive impact on our district. I have dedicated just a small portion of my time into comparison to the teachers and staff. Professionalism and integrity are priority and it will continue to thrive… I pray for God’s continued blessings for our schools.”

Rogers stepped down as chair after she was charged with assaulting a city worker erecting barricades during Hurricane Idalia. The charges were eventually dismissed.

Jackie Ray Pierce (submitted photo)
Jackie Ray Pierce (submitted photo)

Jackie Ray Pierce announced in May that she planned to run for the District Three seat held by Rogers. Greg Merritt, who represents District Four in the city, is expected to file for reelection.

Filing for city and county school boards ends Aug. 5.

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