Pitt County Board of Education - District 4
Donald C. "Don" Rhodes (sole candidate)
Current job: I co-own and operate The Mosquito Authority of Eastern NC, The Shingle Savers of North Carolina and The Germ Authority.
Education: I am proud to be a product of the North Carolina Public Schools System, having graduated from what was then West Edgecombe High School. I am also a proud Pirate as a four-time graduate of East Carolina University.
What will your top priority be if you are elected or re-elected?
My priority is to work with students, parents, teachers, school staff, administrators and board members as well as local and state officials as we all seek the best outcomes for our students.
How will you involve your constituents in the process of making decisions?
I will listen to all stakeholders and be accessible to them by phone, email, in person and via Facebook messenger to discuss issues that impact our children and schools. I am involved in organizations in Farmville as well as county-wide which allow me to meet stakeholders and seek input beyond my district as well as within it. When studying an issue to make a decision, I will consider the concerns of constituents.
Why should voters choose you for the position you are running for?
As a parent with children in the public school system, a retired educator and a small business owner, I bring a unique perspective, experience and skill set to the board. I welcome the opportunity to work with students, parents, teachers, school staff, administrators and board members as well as local and state officials as we all seek the best outcomes for our students and school system.
What three things about you do you most want voters to know?
I am a retired educator, with over 30 years of experience as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and central office director. I am invested in the public schools in which I have worked and also sent my children to school. I am active in the Pitt County community from being a small business owner to taking on leadership roles such as serving as vice chair of the PCC Foundation and on several Pitt County boards as well as supporting community and religious organizations as an active member.
My career began as a teacher and coach in Camden County for one year. I spent 22 years in Edgecombe County as a teacher, coach, assistant principal in both high school and middle school and a middle school principal. I also served for three years as director of secondary education and director of testing and accountability in Edgecombe, where duties also included supervision of the Early College, driver education and athletics. My last five years as a full-time educator were spent here in Pitt County as director of testing and accountability.
I reside in the Farmville community with my wife Sara Beth Fulford Rhodes and two daughters. Our oldest, a graduate of Farmville Central and The Honors College at East Carolina University, is currently a second-year law student at Campbell University. The youngest is a sophomore at Farmville Central. My wife and I are active members of the Farmville Chamber of Commerce, Farmville May Museum, Farmville Community Arts Council, and Farmville Musicale, which provides scholarships to the ECU School of Music. We were honored to be ECU’s Family of Year in 2018. Our family attends Monk Memorial UMC, where I serve as treasurer. I am committed to service in our county including currently serving as vice chair of the Pitt Community College Foundation Board and as a member of the Pitt County Development Commission, the Advisory Board of the SECU Medical Park Branch and the Board of Directors of the Fountain Volunteer Fire Department. I am a former member of the Pitt County Animal Services Advisory Board and the Pitt County Board of Adjustments.
Is there anything else you wish to say?
As a parent with children in the public school system, a retired educator and small business owner, I welcome the opportunity to use my unique perspective and experiences to work with students, parents, teachers, school staff, administrators and board members as well as local and state officials as we all seek the best outcomes for our children here in Pitt County.