Baltimore County school board appointments
Maggie Kennedy, a national education consultant and Baltimore County community activist, applied for a position on the school board. The governor announced the appointments yesterday, and Kennedy did not receive one of the volunteer positions. She sent this letter via e-mail to her friends this morning.
I am extremely gratified and humbled by the recent outpouring of community support for a recent appointment opportunity to the Baltimore County School Board. Since last Friday, I know of 52 letters or phone calls of support that reached Jim Smith, the governor and his appointment secretary. Many of you reached out to other Baltimore County community leaders and for your support I am grateful. Please pass on thanks to others I may have not included in my email.
As many of you are aware, I did not apply for the position, but was approached by the governor's brother, Peter O'Malley. I was surprised by the call in early May, but was ready for the challenge. My vocation and avocation has always centered around student achievement, parent involvement, and a responsible school system. A safe and financially sound school system is necessary, but student success measures community success.
The customers are our children and parents and good teachers make all the difference. I have been privy to meet and work with so many great teachers in our county. Their support and commitment to student achievement make them true role models and leaders.
Children are not Democrats, Republicans, or Independents and deserve representation which serves them well. I hope the new appointments serve our children well. Student achievement and community safety dictates the destiny of our county. Monies in both categories are well invested and spent.
Valerie Roddy, former assistant to BC Government Fred Homan, David Oldfelder, CPA. and James Coleman, retired Coppin math teacher, have a responsibility to more than the capital and operating budget. They have a huge responsibility to the achievement of children in our school system. I wish them success and hope the school board continues to respond to the PDK audit and the recommendations.
Our school facilities need updating, air conditioning is needed in all of our schools, a new high school in the NE/central area, and a new elementary school in the Towson area are needed to address overcrowding. The curriculum needs to meet the needs of a diverse student population, as well as meet national, state and local standards to prepare our Baltimore County children to compete in a global society and teachers need to be paid equitably for experience and effective teachers rewarded.
As advocates and community leaders, thank you. Each of you have been an inspiration and care deeply about the success of a generation of our children. My respect for each of you and appreciation of your contributions to our Baltimore County community inspires me.
Hold our leaders accountable.