Goldman to head stroke prevention non-profit

February 3, 2013 2:41:58 PM PST
Since her resignation announcement Friday, former Wake County School Board member Debra Goldman has kept quiet about her future plans.

On Sunday, Goldman opened herself up for questions.

Goldman is moving to Wilkes County to work for a non-profit. She told ABC11 that she will be the executive director the DCR Foundation, which focuses on stroke awareness and prevention.  

With her resignation, she is now the second Republican in the past few months to leave the Democrat-controlled board.

"It is with a heavy heart that I am resigning a few months early from the school board," Goldman said.

Goldman said the career change was in the works for months, and with the election cycle beginning, she thought it best to bow out now.

"I feel that it is the fairest to the school system, to our faculty to our families to our students, most importantly, to make the change quickly," Goldman said.

Her leaving gives the Democrat-controlled board an even bigger advantage in some significant upcoming decisions.  The school system will soon have a new superintendent and a new assignment plan, which Goldman said is her biggest concern.

"I pray that the board will appoint board members to replace the vacancies that have the same mindset," Goldman said.

Goldman told ABC11 that her spot is the only one the board will have to fill. The other vacant seat left by Chris Malone will be filled before the board meets Tuesday, she said.

Other board members told ABC11 that the board member will likely be a Democrat.

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