School board member bids farewell to colleagues

Wolf ends 8-year tenure to move closer to relatives

January 18, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

As she spoke to her former colleagues on the Harford County Board of Education last week, longtime member Karen L. Wolf of Fallston said she found it fitting to end her tenure with the group as she started, speaking to them as a citizen.

Wolf returned to the public speaker's table for the last time Monday to say goodbye to the panel on which she had served for eight years. She officially resigned earlier this month from the board after she and her husband moved to Baltimore to be closer to ailing family members.

Wolf, who graduated from the Baltimore City schools system and Towson State University, taught in Baltimore County and served on the PTAs of the Fallston schools her three daughters attended. She was appointed to the school board in 1996 and reappointed to a second term in 2001.

"I have worked with the most dedicated, caring and knowledgeable" colleagues, she said of her fellow board members. She said she valued the many challenges she had helped face while on the board, particularly raising achievement of all students.

But probably the most important work, she said, has been helping to increase public participation in education issues.

"It is with a lot of sadness that I see you leave the board," said board Vice President Robert B. Thomas Jr. "Family has to be first in everyone's life."

He praised her as a member who "had absolutely no personal agendas. You always, always, always put kids first."

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