Ven Faulk of Dudley has been appointed to fill the at-large seat on the Wayne County Board of Education. Faulk says he has been passionate about this spot since 2008 and he’s “just excited to finally be able to fill the role.” The position became available when former member Raymond Smith Jr. joined the N.C. House.
Faulk was born in Raleigh and then relocated to Wayne County when he was 7 years old and has experienced what it was like to grow in the Wayne County Public School system as a graduate of Goldsboro High School. Faulk was one of eight candidates who went through an 11-question interview process Thursday. Faulk comes to the board with a business-like mentality as he also serves as the funeral director for Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home in Dudley and he is a firm believer that, “If we have a strong education system, we will have a strong business foundation.
“I want to help make Wayne County Public Schools into the best schools they can be. With the help of working with county agencies, making sure we continue with facilities upgrades, and working with county commissioners, I believe we can be successful,” said Faulk.
Faulk has four children currently in the Wayne County Public School system so he wants to assure that “progress is for all the children and I believe we can make good business decisions for the schools that will help continue that progress.”
Faulk has a track record of helping wherever he is needed, he is a former member of the Evergreen Solutions, and he currently serves on the Partners of Education, and the Federal Title 1 Parent Involvement Committees. Faulk is already looking ahead to try and help continue the momentum of progress being made saying, “My main priority in terms terms of goals is to make sure our facilities plan is continuing to go in the right direction.
“I’ve been in this county most of my life, I am a retired volunteer firefighter chief, chairman of Goldsboro Wayne Crimestoppers, and I serve on the board of health, among other things, so I have a track record that shows people can trust me in this county,” he said.