Skip has spent his entire life living in Eastern NC. Originally from Goldsboro, he spent his weekends and summers in Surf City. His love for the ocean led him to UNCW where he met his wife of 34 years Valerie in 1978. They were married at Poplar Grove Plantation in 1984 and now have two children; VJ is 27 and Brian is 25.
Funding now stands at 75.1 million per year – an increase of over 21% since 2012, while our student population has grown about 6 %. We are committed to do all we can for every one of the 27,000+ young people in our schools.
This past year, we took decisive measures to address the opioid crisis, by seeking to hold those responsible and accountable for the destruction wrought on so many of our fellow citizens and their families.
In 2017, we increased funding for the county’s core services while at the same time, maintaining the highest bond rating possible, and growing our savings account. And at the same time, we gave you, our citizens, the first property tax cut in 14 years.