Jan. 10, 2008

WOODS HARRIS WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

“Serving on the State Board of Education has been my most rewarding public service,” Carole Woods Harris said.  “The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children has been fulfilling and I hope citizens will step forward to represent Omaha on the State Board.”

Carole Woods Harris of Omaha announced today that she will not seek re-election in November to the State Board of Education when her term ends this year.  Woods Harris represents District 4, serving eastern Douglas County and parts of Sarpy County, primarily Papillion.

Woods Harris was elected to the State Board of Education in 2004.  She plans to relocate to be near family in North Carolina.

“The challenges facing K-12 education nationally and in Nebraska require leaders from our communities to step forward and serve in such areas as the State Board and the Learning Community that require individuals who will keep the focus on our students and their learning.”

Woods Harris, who is retired, served as strategic planning director for U.S. West Communications and was elected to three terms as a Douglas County Commissioner.  Woods Harris has served numerous Omaha area and State organizations for more than thirty-five years.  Currently she serves on the executive committees of United Way of the Midlands and Conference for Inclusive Communities (formerly NCCJ) and is a member of the Empowerment Network leadership team.  In addition, she is a member of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation Board, Douglas County Historical Society Board and UNMC Chancellor’s Advisory Council.