Baltimore County officials gather to celebrate education
The virtual classroom at Chesapeake High School was packed earlier today with a slew of county and state officials, including two past superintendents.
County Executive James T. Smith has spent this year celebrating the county's 350th anniversary, and this month has been designated for recognizing education. Gathered at Chesapeake this morning were the major players from all segments of the academic pipeline:
Towson University's President Robert Caret
UMBC's President Freeman Hrabowski
CCBC's President Sandra Kurtinitis
President Kevin Manning of Stevenson University
President Sanford Ungar of Goucher College
Former BCPS superintendents Robert Y. Dubel and Anthony G. Marchione
Current Superintendent Dr. Hairston
Stuart Berger, who led the school system in the early 1990s, also was supposed to attend, but he was delayed at the airport.
Although the new hi-tech classroom has been filled with visitors a lot recently, today's group was a unique combination of past and present, particularly in a setting that district officials have touted as the future of education.
Smith gave everyone citations for their service to the county - and the educators spoke of the importance and value of working together, even when it means working with the competition (as in the case of higher education)...while also taking time to highlight what their institutions have to offer, of course.