The District 2 representative began her Board of Education career in December of 1992 and officially announced her resignation to the Board Chair, Rick Pridgen, Friday afternoon.
Sims told the Chair she plans to end her term early so she can move to a senior community near Garner to be closer to her family.
"Shirley Sims has served the citizens in her district and throughout Wayne County very well during her 18 years as a member of the Wayne County Board of Education," said Board Chair Rick Pridgen. "She has been an advocate for both students and staff during her tenure not only in Wayne County but throughout the state."
The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will appoint a replacement for Ms. Sims to serve out the remainder of her term, which ends in 2012.
Sims resignation comes less than a week after state NAACP president Rev. Dr. William Barber II announced that a Title VI complaint the organization filed against Wayne County Public Schools had been accepted by the U.S. Department of Justice, which will be investigating to see if civil rights laws are being violated in the district's schools.