James C. Piatt

Lusby, MD – As James C. Piatt recalls, it was a friend who told him about an opportunity to serve Calvert County. “I was looking for a way I could get involved in the community,” said Piatt, a Lusby resident and father of two Dowell Elementary School students.

The opportunity the friend told him about was the seat on the Calvert County Board of Education (BOE), which had been vacated earlier in the month by Joseph R. Chenelly. The applicant had to be a registered voter residing in the First Election District for at least two years. Additionally, the applicant had to earn the approval of a majority of the Calvert County Commissioners.

County law dictates that the commissioners fill unexpired terms on Calvert’s elected school board. After the current board decided it would make the call prior to the swearing in of the new board Dec. 16, the interview process proceeded. Piatt and 14 other hopefuls applied. Two of the 15 decided not to go further into the process.
On Monday, Dec. 1, one day before the commissioners were to vote on their appointment, Piatt met with the commissioners.  The following afternoon, the board of county commissioners selected Piatt for the school board seat.

Piatt said he applied “partly because of my children. It’s an excellent opportunity.”

A Calvert County Government press release noted Piatt is a senior reactor operator at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. He is a Navy veteran who also has a master’s degree in business administration and performance improvement from Grantham University, a Midwest college with a reputation for helping career-minded military veterans.

“I kind of brought an even keel to the board,” said Piatt, who indicated his business expertise could provide insight to the school board.

Piatt declined to offer an analysis of the current BOE’s leadership of the school system. He simply stated, “I know the budget is a hot topic.”

Piatt will be attending school board orientation sessions conducted by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) this month. He will conclude his orientation in Calvert prior to being sworn in next month.

The seat Piatt will be occupying will stand for election in 2016. Piatt said at this point he is anticipating seeking a full four-year term during the next election.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com