School board con­cludes 100year cel­e­bra­tion with re­cep­tion

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

Charles County Pub­lic Schools’ Board of Ed­u­ca­tion capped off a six­month cel­e­bra­tion of its his­tory with a re­cep­tion at the Sass­cer Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing Tues­day night fol­low­ing the reg­u­lar board meet­ing.

The re­cep­tion was at­tended by past and cur­rent school sys­tem of­fi­cials and ad­min­is­tra­tors.

School board chair­woman Vir­ginia McGraw said the cel­e­bra­tion was in­tended to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the school sys­tem’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cially be­ing a board of ed­u­ca­tion, an oc­ca­sion marked in the school sys­tem’s min­utes on Oct. 17, 1916.

School board mem­ber Bar­bara Palko said there were a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing facts high­lighted in the min­utes that show how much life has changed over the past cen­tury.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­utes, in 1922, the school board planned the con­struc­tion of a new, eight­room school, and bud­geted $6,943.87 for its con­struc­tion, Palko said.

“Com­pare that to our new­est high school, St. Charles, which has 72 teach­ing sta­tions, four floors and cost $73 mil­lion to build, in­clud­ing the James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter,” Palko said.

The num­ber of teach­ers has grown, too.

“In 1920, the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion min­utes stated there were 104 teach­ers in the county;

we now have 2,079 teach­ers,” Palko said.

To rec­og­nize the oc­ca­sion, the school board has spon­sored a se­ries of lec­tures on the his­tory of ed­u­ca­tion, seg­re­ga­tion and dis­as­ter man­age­ment in Charles County Pub­lic Schools.

“I learned quite a bit about our school sys­tem as well,” McGraw said.

Del. Edith Pat­ter­son (D-Charles), a for­mer school board mem­ber, pre­sented a ci­ta­tion from the Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly to McGraw and Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim­berly Hill mark­ing the oc­ca­sion.

School board mem­ber Mark Craw­ford said the school sys­tem has cre­ated a time cap­sule, con­tain­ing min­utes from 1916 to 2016, stu­dent-made note­cards, an in­vi­ta­tion, com­mem­o­ra­tive coins and a teacher salary scale to be sealed in the time cap­sule, which will be kept at Sass­cer.

“We hope that it will not be opened for an­other 100 years, but that will be left to fu­ture boards of ed­u­ca­tion,” Craw­ford said.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Del. Edith Pat­ter­son, cen­ter, presents a ci­ta­tion from the Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly to Charles County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim­berly Hill and board of ed­u­ca­tion chair­woman Vir­ginia McGraw.

Charles County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim­berly Hill speaks with for­mer Su­per­in­ten­dent John Bloom.

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