A Board of Education orientation session will be held 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, in the Board Room of the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata, Md., 20646.
Swearing-in ceremonies for the new Board of Education are set for 4 p.m., Dec. 20, at North Point High School. Two new Board of Education members, Patricia Bowie and Michael Lukas, were elected into office. They join incumbents Roberta S. Wise, Donald Wade, Jennifer Abell, Maura Cook and Pamela Pedersen, who were re-elected to their positions. The Board begins a four-year term and elects officers at the January meeting. Board members Collins Bailey and Charles Carrington did not run for re-election.
Here are the members of Board XV:
· Abell is the Director of the March of Dimes for Southern Maryland. She was first appointed to the Board in 2004, elected in November 2006 and re-elected this year.
· Bowie is a children’s outreach librarian for the Charles County Public Library promoting early literacy through bilingual story times to at-risk Judy Center children in Title 1 elementary schools as well as to ESOL families at the Lifelong Learning Adult Education Center. She is newly elected.
· Cook is a nurse case manager and a parent volunteer who previously served as a Destination Imagination coach and PTA officer. She was first elected in 2006.
· Lukas is an engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, and also volunteers as a youth sports coach, assistant Boy Scoutmaster and with civic organizations such as the Greater Waldorf Jaycees and Kiwanis. He is newly elected.
· Pedersen has experience in management, instruction and support activities in work, school and volunteer settings. She also works as a lobbyist and is a local public relations associate for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. She was first elected in 2006.
· Wade, first elected in 1998, is a fourth-term Board member, vice chairman of the Board and a native of Charles County. Wade spent 30 years on active duty and was a Professor of Aerospace Studies at three universities. He was a teacher, a department chairperson and a faculty advisor to 21 JROTC units in Prince George’s County before retiring in 2006.
· Wise is chairman of the Board and a retired Charles County Public Schools teacher with 34 years of experience. For most of her career, she served as a mathematics teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School. She was a coordinator of the Educational Partnership Team and a math resource teacher before retiring in 1999. Wise was first elected in 2006.
· Emmanuel Bakare is the appointed student member of the board. He is a senior at Thomas Stone High School, where he is an executive board member of the Student Government Association (SGA), an officer for the W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society and editor of the school newspaper. He is an active member of It’s Academic, Mock Trial and the Environmental Engineering Club.