(Dec. 19, 2014) The Board of Education said goodbye to Donnie Shockley and Bob Hulburd on Tuesday afternoon. Shockley retired, while Hulburd lost his reelection bid.
They had each served for 12 years, along with Board President Bob Rothermel.
“It has been a pleasure and humbling. I wish you well, there are great guys coming behind you,” Rothermel said.
Donnie Shockley reminisced on the day he was sworn in with Hulburd and Rothermel. He went on to say he has served all these years because of the love he has for children and their education.
“People care in Worcester County. Teachers, administrators to bus drivers go the extra mile to help students succeed,” Shockley said.
Bob Hulburd served as a president and vice president for three years each during his 12-year term.
“It’s been a pleasure. They say you have more regrets than you have dreams. I have no regrets from my years on the school board. Everyone has given their best and hardest efforts,” Hulburd said. “The success we’ve had in Worcester has been unprecedented in the last 12 years and was achieved by hard work.”
During his speech, Hulburd became teary-eyed when talking about his time spent in Snow Hill High’s band. He went on to say how he is proud of the school’s progress throughout his years on the board and wants his successor to continue to fight for Snow Hill.
“We have been together for many years. I appreciate everything you have done and we will always be friends,” said Board Member Barry Brittingham.
Louis Taylor, the Chief Operating Officer, echoed the sentiments of board members when he said, “we’re going to miss you.”