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Legislation to reduce Pitt County Board of Education passes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The education of Pitt County children will soon be guided by fewer people.

The state House passed a controversial Senate amendment this week, cutting down the number of school board members from 12 to 9.  Their terms will also be reduced from 6 to 4 years.
     
The county will be divided into 9-districts, which supporters said will more accurately represent and support education.
    
Lawmakers wrote the bill after parents complained about inefficiency.

"They felt as though maybe it wasn't representing not only Pitt County the best, but representing our children," said Brown.

Board members disagreed with the claims saying that a reduction in their numbers could result in a decrease in rural and minority representation.

Board Chairman Marc Whichard said they'll make due and always put the children first.  He said voters now bare a stronger responsibility.

"The public needs to hold those members in accountability for those voter districts," said Whichard.

The reduction will take place with next year's elections.

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