During a special meeting on Friday, the Warren County Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Linda Mason, assistant superintendent for curriculum, as acting superintendent until a new superintendent to replace Dr. Ray Spain is named.
Spain retired as superintendent effective June 30, completing a career in education of about 50 years.
Mason, now in her 34th year with Warren County Schools, graduated from Halifax Community College with an applied science degree in the executive secretary field. At the encouragement of her teachers, she continued her education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education-Comprehension from Elizabeth City State University in order to become certified as a teacher.
Mason earned a master’s degree in Business Education, focusing on administration, from North Carolina Central University and a doctorate in Vocational Education from North Carolina State University.
During her career with Warren County Schools, she has served as a Business Education teacher at Warren County High School, as well as the school district’s Career and Technical Education director with a focus on vocational education. Mason was the school system’s human resources director prior to assuming her current duties.
Friday marked Spain’s final workday and board meeting as superintendent. During the special meeting, he praised the work of the boards of education who have served during his tenure here.
“Warren County has had good boards of education,” he said. “This (current) board has been a joy to work with.”
Spain told the board that he had been working to make preparations for the 2019-20 school year. He said that he enjoyed his work as superintendent and would miss it.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be here,” Spain said. “I hope I have been of good service to the board.”
As the board expressed appreciation for his service, Chairwoman Ebony Talley-Brame spoke for the group.
“I have enjoyed working with you. I have learned a lot from you,” she said.
According to a superintendent search timeline adopted by the board of education in February, the board hopes to name a new superintendent later this month.
Luci Weldon is asst. editor at The Warren Record in Warrenton, N.C.