Marce Savage nominated for state Board of Education
Union County Board of Education Vice Chair Marce Savage was nominated to the State Board of Education by Gov. Pat McCrory last week.
The appointments are awaiting approval from the general assembly. Savage will be the first Hispanic to serve on the state board of education. She was also the first Hispanic member of the Union County Board of Education.
"I was surprised and I was really flattered because (McCrory's) local and there's plenty of other people that he would have asked...I'm the youngest one coming onto this board," Savage said. "The majority of them, they have Ph. Ds and there's some kind of credential on the end of their name."
She added that her credential is PTO, PTSO and Mom.
"I feel a tad ill-equipped on that side," Savage said.
However, Savage is pleased to be able to represent Union County on a statewide level.
"Look at what county I'm representing," she said. "If anything, that's the key thing...I'm ecstatic about the fact that they realized that Union County has a product that the state needs as a whole. That's the part that I'm truly ecstatic about."
She noted that McCrory came to Union County last week to sign digital learning legislation and quoted Superintendent Mary Ellis in his State of the State Address.
Savage will serve an eight-year term. The board meets in Raleigh on the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month. She will maintain her seat on the Union County board.
The state school board supervises and manages the state public school system and funding.
Savage is hoping to spread the academies that the Union County school system has started in their schools.
"I think Union County schools has the answer...I'm pretty confident that we have the answer," Savage said. "We're partnering with the business community for internships for students and then they'll be able to one day walk across the graduation stage with a diploma and a specialized certification in hand and have a job waiting for them in a specialized trade."
Savage is also proud to be following the example of community service set by her parents. Her father served on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners and her mother was a teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sschool system.
"I'm the third generation to (hold public officer)," Savage said. "It's nice to be able to carry one small, little family trait."
However, Savage said her nomination is a reflection on the school system.
"It's not just me up there they wanted, they wanted Union County schools on the platform," Savage said. "That speaks volumes to the caliber of education that we're producing...it's being recognized and that should be at the forefront."