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Board of Education

 

What is the role of the Board of Education?

For many current residents, history was made in December 1996, when the county-elected school Board took the helm, ending a long tradition of operating under an appointed Board. St. Mary’s County Public Schools is governed by a Board of Education consisting of five members and a nonvoting student representative. The Board of Education of St. Mary’s County’s power and duties include the authority to adopt, enforce, and monitor all policies for the management and governance of the school system. Board of Education members are guardians of the public trust. Through the policies they make, Board members are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of local public education. The Board serves as the advocate for educational excellence for the community's youth and puts those interests first. The policies Board of Educations make dictate the standards and philosophies by which schools are run and the criteria used to judge whether they are being run well.

 

The key responsibilities of the Board of Education are to:

  • Hire and evaluate the Superintendent to whom is delegated all administrative responsibility and authority.
  • Adopt and evaluate policies.
  • Approve and adopt the school system’s annual budget.
  • Involve the community in the life of the school system.
  • Maintain open and honest communication.

 

 

The Board of Education of St. Mary’s County welcomes your interest and participation. Open lines of communication are vital to providing a positive educational experience for the students who learn in our classrooms each day.

How long do Board meetings last?

Board of Education meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 9 a.m. and the last Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Board of Education public, open meetings generally average three hours in length depending upon the issues being discussed and citizen comments that are shared.

Members of the Board

 Sal 
Dr. Salvatore L. Raspa 
Chairman
District 01
Term Expires 2014
Brooke
Mr. William Brooke Matthews 
Vice Chairman
District 03
Term Expires 2014
 Cathy
Mrs. Cathy Allen 
Member
District 02 
Term Expires 2016
 Marilyn
Mrs. Marilyn A. Crosby
Member
 At-Large
Term Expires 2016
Mary
Mrs. Mary M. Washington
Member
District 04
Term Expires 2016
Sarita
Ms. Sarita D. Lee
Student Member
Term Expires 2015
 DrMartirano
Dr. Michael J. Martirano
Secretary/Treasurer