Harper seeking re-election as a write-in
STEVENSVILLE — Current school board member Tammy Harper of Stevensville is asking the people who voted for her four years ago, when she was elected unopposed, to do something different this coming election day — write her name in to be re-elected!
It’s a seldom used method. However, since Harper’s name will not be listed on the official ballot, supporters will have to write it in.
Harper served as president of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education in 20142015. This past January she was confident that Queen Anne’s County Superintendent Dr. Carol Williamson would be confirmed for another four-year term as superintendent, she said, and did not pre-register for the upcoming election by the deadline for school board candidates. After Williamson’s contract was not renewed, Harper decided she would like to be part of the selection process for a new superintendent and filed to seek re-election as a write-in candidate.
A local business woman, Harper and her husband, David, have been the longtime owners of the popular Kentmorr Restaurant on the southern portion of Kent Island, just off Route 8. They have been Queen Anne’s County residents since 1993. Their two daughters are graduates of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.
Even before being elected to the school board in 2012, Harper was very involved in several local PTAs at her children’s schools. From there she went on the serve on three School Improvement Teams, Kent Island Elementary, Matapeake Middle School and Kent Island High School. She also served on the building committees of Matapeake Elementary and Stevensville Middle School and is currently serving on the Grasonville Elementary School
She has been president of the Queen Anne’s County Council of PTAs, and a three-year member of the Maryland PTA Board.
The search for the new school superintendent officially began Oct. 5 with a town hall meeting for teachers, parents and community stakeholders at the Board of Education office.
Harper said, “I believe I can be highly beneficial to the current interim Superintendent Greg Pilewski (who assumed his duties July 1) during this current school year, and also whomever the new superintendent will be. I know the schools, and school administrators.”
She said she believes her experience can benefit students and help with current school board decisions.
Her election slogan “Education Matters!”
Since 2012 QACPS has provided Chromebooks to middle and high school students, an initiative Harper said she is glad to have had part in.
Other achievements during her term in office include an addition to Kennard is: Elementary School, the opening of the new Sudlersville Middle School and renovation of Stevensville Middle School.
Harper said during the past four years local schools have experienced an increase in AP classes and graduation rates while having a decrease in drop out rates, received Middle States Accreditation at all 14 schools and encouraged students to experience Unity Day.
“We have to recognize that while these accomplishments occurred on larger scale, little miracles happen every day in our classrooms. Nothing would have been possible without the support of our county, state and federal funding as well as dedicated administrators, teachers and staff, parents and students and the local business community and stakeholders,” Harper said.