During her time on the school board, the county underwent great change. In 2009, voters approved a bond that allowed the board to replace outdated facilities, build auxiliary gymnasiums, and rid the district of portable classrooms.
"I ran because of the portables," she said.
Ten years ago, the county was forced to use 86 portable classrooms. In 2011, the state School Building Authority agreed to help fund the upgrade at Conner Street that would eliminate the last six portable classrooms in use in the county.
Current board members all got along and were able to compromise, Phillips said -- something she hopes her replacement will realize is important.
"I hope someone is appointed who has the same ability to work together with no drama. You need to disagree and debate, but once you make a decision, you have to work together, because it's about the kids," she said.
It's also important not to micromanage the superintendent, Phillips said, adding that although she didn't vote to hire Superintendent Chuck Hatfield, she thinks he's done a good job.
"I didn't agree with it at the time, but I think we've worked really well together. We have a lot of respect for each other," she said.
Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.