Harper seek­ing re-elec­tion as a write-in

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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

Build­ing Com­mit­tee.

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.

TAMMY HARPER

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