BOE reap­points su­per­in­ten­dent to sec­ond term

Re­ceives three more sug­ges­tions for new ele­men­tary school name

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

The Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion voted Mon­day night to give Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim­berly Hill a sec­ond term and to re­ceive three more place name sug­ges­tions from the school nam­ing com­mit­tee.

Hill, a prod­uct of Charles County Pub­lic Schools her­self, was prin­ci­pal of North Point High School when she was first ap­pointed su­per­in­ten­dent in 2013.

Hill’s ten­ure has seen a fo­cus on STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics) fields, with a part­ner­ship with Code.org, cre­ation of a “Bring Your Own De­vice” pro­gram and a “tech­book” pi­lot, in part­ner­ship with Dis­cov­ery Ed­u­ca­tion.

The board voted unan­i­mously to reap­point Hill.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the board’s sup­port and look for­ward to four more years of work­ing to move this school sys­tem for­ward,” Hill said fol­low­ing the vote.

The school board also re­ceived three new name sug­ges­tions from its school nam­ing com­mit­tee, which is tasked with pro­vid­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for the name of a new ele­men­tary school to be con­structed on Billings­ley Road.

Con­struc­tion on “Ele­men­tary #22” is ex­pected to be­gin this month, and the school is ex­pected to open at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

In De­cem­ber, the com­mit­tee rec­om­mended three names based on in­di­vid­u­als of im­por­tance to ed­u­ca­tion in Charles County: teacher Mar­garet Jamieson Thornton, for­mer Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Ron­ald G. Cun­ning­ham and for­mer board mem­ber Charles E. Car­ring­ton. The school board has been lob­bied by sup­port­ers of each name.

At its Feb. 14 meet­ing, Board Chair­man Michael Lukas re­quested the com­mit­tee re­turn with the rec­om­men­da­tions for three ad­di­tional rec­om­men­da­tions that were not names of in­di­vid­u­als, although he said the three prior names are still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

On Mon­day, the com­mit­tee put for­ward three rec­om­men­da­tions: Billings­ley Ele­men­tary, Haven­worth Ele­men­tary and Rolling Hills Ele­men­tary.

“It is very dif­fi­cult for me to nar­row down the choices, be­cause all are very wor­thy,” Lukas said.

Colleen Longhi, com­mit­tee chair­woman, said as far as the com­mit­tee was able to de­ter­mine, Billings­ley Road was not named af­ter a per­son as­so­ci­ated with Charles County.

Lukas said he would like the board to vote on a name for the new school at its March 14 meet­ing.

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