Garland Nobles Jr., the dean of the Lenoir County Board of Education, ended a long and active tenure Monday night amid accolades from fellow board members for his keen sense of fairness and praise for his dedication from Superintendent Brent Williams.
"He served this county faithfully and this board faithfully," Williams said. "There is much to admire about him -- his kind and giving spirit and his positive outlook about life, a great sense of humor and a wilingness to hear out everyone and to listen to everyone. How many times have we heard him bring us all back to this watershed question: Is this what is right?"
Nobles has served public education in the county for more than 15 years. He served on the Kinston City Board of Education from 1989 to 1991 and was a member of a transitional school board when the city and county school systems merged in 1992. He has been a member of the county board of education continuously since 2005.
He decided not to seek re-election to his District 4 seat on the board in order to "more fully retire," as Williams said, and to spend time traveling with his family.
Board chair Jon Sargeant led a chorus of appreciation for Nobles' dedication to equal treatment of all students and all staff. "Thanks to him our policies here at the school system have been inclusive to everyone," Sargeant said. "He's done a wonderful job representing the district as well as every child. We are certainly going to miss him and we want to thank him tonight for his service."
"He's a true gentlemen," said colleague Bruce Hill, who will begin his fourth four-year term on the board next month. "He does truly believe in doing what's best for the kids."
During the meeting (from left, below) Hill, Williams and Sargeant presented Nobles, second from right, with a plaque in recognition of his service.
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