Eugene Pearsall has a desire to serve the community. Through that desire, Pearsall has announced his intention to file for a spot on the Sampson County Board of Education.
In an interview with the Sampson Independent Tuesday morning, Pearsall announced he will file for a position on the board when filing opens Dec. 1. Pearsall is seeking to represent the Hobbton District, a position currently held by Glenn Tart, who announced last week he would not be seeking re-election.
“I have seen quite a few needs in the Hobbton District and I want to get the children the things they need,” Pearsall said.
Pearsall, who ran unsuccessfully for District 5 county commissioner during the 2014 election, currently serves on the Hobbton Advisory Board and has served on the Head Start of Sampson County Board and been actively involved within the Parks and Recreation Department of Sampson County.
In an attempt to bring attention to the many needs he has seen in the Hobbton District, Pearsall recently invited Rep. Larry Bell to attend the Hobbton Advisory Board meeting at Hargrove Elementary School.
“I wanted to get some answers on the needs of the Hobbton area,” Pearsall said. “It’s a real problem with the students don’t have books and they are asked to bring paper to school for the teachers to use.”
Pearsall grew up in the Faison area of Sampson County. As a child, Pearsall said he learned the value of working hard, humility and service. From a blue collar worker under the summer sun in the fields of eastern North Carolina, to a volunteer coach on a different kind of field for his son’s baseball team today, Pearsalls says he understands the bottom up approach it takes to not only build a community, but strengthen a community.
As the founder and current president of Eugene’s Trucking in Faison, Pearsall said he has used his skills to grow his self-made company from one simple truck to almost 50 vehicles.
Pearsall has a vested interest in Sampson County Schools. He has a child who is a product of Hobbton High School and is currently a freshman in college, while his two youngest children still attend the elementary and middle schools.
“I’m a concerned parent,” Pearsall said. “I’m concerned about the children and the teachers. I want to make sure our kids get what they need to go to college.”
Between his hard work ethic and desire to help the Hobbton District, Pearsall said he knows he is the perfect fit to work with the current members of the school board to get the things done for all students in Sampson County.
Pearsall’s number one goal — to see the Hobbton District grow.
“We need new schools,” Pearsall said. “My goal is to see Hobbton have new schools. Teachers should have the best conditions to work in and students need the best to do their best work.”
Nelson Mandela, Pearsall said, best summed it up when he said, “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
With his wife Cheryl, Pearsall finds the importance of having good family values. It’s the same values he plans to bring to the school board.
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