SMOB appointed, Jackson maintains seat in Anne Arundel school board

July 07, 2014|BiJoe Burris

School is out, but it’s business as usual for the Anne Arundel County school system, which has undergone several transactions during the summer break.

Among the transactions: Ayesha Chaudhry, a rising senior at South River High School, was sworn in as the board’s 41st student member on July 1 at the county courthouse in Annapolis, school officials said. Chaudhry succeeds Else Drooff, a Broadneck High School graduate whose term ended on June 30.

School officals said that board member Kevin Jackson, whose five-year term in an at-large seat also officially expired on June 30, will remain in his seat until a new governor is sworn into office and makes an appointment early next year. The new governor’s selection will be subject to the recommendation of the School Board Nominating Commission of Anne Arundel County, school officials said.

Under the Maryland Constitution generally prohibits the governor from appointing a school board member when the term begins durin a primary election and the inauguration fo the succeeding governor, school officials said. June’s election primary, which is regularly scheduled for September, means no appointment can be made for the seat currently held by Jackson, school officials said.

Incoming Superintendent George Arlotto last week added three additional members to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Equity and Achievement launched by his predecessor, interim Superintendent
Mamie Perkins.

Arlotto’s named Bishop Craig Coates, pastor of Fresh Start Church in Glen Burnie, Rev.  Sheryl Menendez, pastor of Light of the World Ministries in Annapolis and  LaMarr Darnell Shields, chief executive officer of The Cambio Group, an education-based organization that provides consulting, curriculum development
and professional development services, school officials said. Arlotto’s appointments brings the number of Blue Ribbon Commission members to 24, school officials said.

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