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After more than four decades spent serving Catawba County Schools students, Joyce Spencer has decided to move on.
The Catawba County Schools board chair for the past six years announced Tuesday that she will not seek a third term among the school system's elected leaders.
"It is with a sad heart I leave this role," she said. "I have a strong commitment and passion for our educational system. I also recognize that just as with retirement, every individual knows when it is time to move on, and I am at that point."
Spencer said her decision to leave the political realm is personal.
"I want to spend more time with my family, especially the grandchildren," she said, "and also have the opportunity to travel."
School system leaders say it will be hard to replace Spencer in the school system where she served as teacher, principal and administrator.
"She was a great leader, and Joyce is dedicated to the job she was holding," said Catawba County Schools board vice-chair Charlie Wyant. "She is a hard worker and very interested in the youngsters in the schools. Many times, she would do what is best for the kids, regardless of what other people thought."
To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.