Bobbie Sue Ormsby wants to continue on helping students in the county.
Ormsby, 66, of Rockingham, is seeking election to the Richmond County Board of Education. The seat is a four-year term and the salary pays $225 per month. Four seats will be coming open this year.
Ormsby will be going up against incumbents Joe Richardson, Pam Easterling and Irene Aiken as well as challengers T.K. Thrower, Dewey Brower and Don Greene.
Early voting for the primary election starts today and will last until 1 p.m. on May 3. Election day for the primary will be May 6. The primary election is the only election for the school board.
Ormsby is just coming out of 37 years of experience in Richmond County schools after retiring at the end of September 2013 as principal at L.J. Bell Elementary School.
“I am newly retired, so I know what’s going on and I know what teachers and children are facing now,” Ormsby said. “I’ve been on budget committees and I know the constraints of what we have and what we don’t have.”
One of Ormsby’s main goals if elected to the board is to be more of a voice for the school system in Raleigh.
“We need to change Raleigh,” Ormsby said. “That’s where our money comes from. I would be a voice in Raleigh and I would encourage parents to do so, too. We don’t get much money, and I know how hard it is to stretch the budget.”
Ormsby also wants to support and give a voice to teachers in the system.
“If you haven’t worked in the school system, it’s difficult to understand how hard teachers work,” Ormsby said. “Teachers have such a responsibility to help mold the future of the children in the county.”
Ormsby didn’t give any specific policies that she would like to see changed, but she did say she would be willing and ready to listen to any parents that bring concerns to the school board.
“As a principal, if a parent came in and had a complaint, I would check into it and do what I can to help the situation,” Ormsby said. “That is experience I can bring to the board.”
Regarding the $50,000 that Raider football coach Paul Hoggard and Richmond Senior High School Principal Keith McKenzie asked of county commissioners for a proposed youth football program, Ormsby thought it was a great idea that she would support, but would not place it above academics.
“Anytime you can help children or provide them opportunities you should,” Ormsby said. “I’m not opposed to the idea of a youth football program, but I think academics should come first. We need to put more money towards our pre-K program.”