School board picks new member


Lillie Worsley


Staff Writer

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Edgecombe County Board of Edcuation recently chose a person to fill the vacant District 2 seat.

Lillie Worsley, 64, was selected by the school board during a recent meeting to become the new representative of District 2 on the school board. She will replace former District 2 board member Olga Dickens, who resigned in October because of long-term health issues that had prevented her from attending school board meetings since February.

Dickens was in her second term on the board. She was re-elected to her post in March 2016 and her term doesn’t expire until 2020. School board policy requires the board to appoint a replacement from District 2 to complete Dickens’ term. 

Worsley beat out a couple other candidates during presentations heard by the board during its meeting on Nov. 19. She was sworn in on Tuesday and will complete the remainder of Dickens’ term.

Worsley said she is grateful and overjoyed to become a school board member. 

“I was so excited when I was sworn in that I was almost in tears,” she said. “The reason that I’m so excited is that it hadn’t been too long ago that I told one of my friends that I wanted to be a positive voice in the midst of our community and now I get that opportunity. I’m excited about the journey.”

District 2 includes students who primarily attend Princeville Elementary School, Martin Millennium Academy and North Edgecombe High School. Worsley said one of the major things lacking in District 2 is access to broadband Internet services.

“We know that technology is being integrated in school systems even more,” she said. “District 2 is more rural and I’m sure they don’t have a lot of Internet capabilities in those rural areas that I’m representing. I would like to see some type of programs that the kids could get involved in after school that would give them the opportunity to have Internet access and help them with their school work. I’m pretty sure a lot of their homework assignments have something to do with access to the Internet.” 

Worsley, who is a graduate of North Edgecombe High School, is a former substitute teacher for North Edgecombe and Tarboro high schools. Worsley said she also spent more than 20 years working in local government serving in positions for Edgecombe County and Nash County. She also worked in positions for the state Division of Public Health.