Pruski Appointed To Arundel School Board

August 08, 2009|By Nicole Fuller | Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed an education administrator and former teacher to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Friday.

Andrew C. Pruski, a Gambrills resident and manager of Baltimore County public schools' state-mandated assessment program, was appointed to serve the remaining four years of a departed board member's term.

Pruski, who worked as a high school social studies teacher in Prince George's County from 2001 to 2005, takes the seat of former board member Tricia Johnson, who was appointed to an open seat on the Anne Arundel County Council. Johnson was a year into her five-year term on the school board.

"I am proud to appoint Mr. Pruski to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education," O'Malley said in a statement. "Mr. Pruski has extensive experience in the education community, and has served in numerous roles in community organizations in Anne Arundel County and across the state. I am confident that Mr. Pruski possesses the skill and the leadership necessary to ensure every child in Anne Arundel County receives the quality public education they deserve."

In a brief interview, Pruski, who is married and has a 2-year-old son and a 9-month-old daughter who he said will one day attend the county public schools, said his "biggest push" as a school board member will be to improve student performance, with an emphasis on minority students.

"The accountability piece is here to stay," said Pruski, who added that he is "humbled" by his appointment. "I want to bring together all the stakeholders, as well as parents and the students."

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