New Hanover County school board member to run for state House

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Tammy Covil. Courtesy photo.
Tammy Covil – Courtesy photo

A local school board member is seeking a place in the state House.

Tammy Covil said earlier this week she plans to run for N.C. Rep. Rick Catlin’s seat next year. Catlin, whom Covil described as a “close friend,” recently announced that he would not seek re-election in order to attend to some business affairs in his engineering firm.

The lawmaker is in the middle of his second term representing New Hanover County in Raleigh.

Covil, who is also up for re-election on the New Hanover County Board of Education, said she had considered putting her name in the hat for the House, but made it official after Catlin’s announcement.

“I see it as a good opportunity to provide leadership on some education issues in Raleigh,” she said Tuesday. “Our area has some great leadership in Raleigh, but none of them are really well-versed in education issues. I hope to bring some experience and knowledge of that to Raleigh.”

Covil, who was elected to the school board for a four-year term in 2012, was named last year as a co-chairman of the state’s Academic Standards Review Commission, where she says she has gotten a firsthand look at state politics.

“There have been good things that have happened legislatively, and some things that concern me,” she noted.

One of those concerns is a push to move North Carolina classrooms into an “all-tech” format, replacing books and written materials with laptops and other electronic devices.

“Sometimes that’s not good for kids, especially in the younger grades. I want to hopefully bring a balance of information,” she said. “Technology is great but it doesn’t replace basic instruction.”

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at hilary.s@portcitydaily.com.