School board pres­i­dent re­quests leave of ab­sence

Record Observer - - Schools - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — In a let­ter ad­dressed to the mem­bers of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. An­drea Kane, cur­rent board pres­i­dent Bishop Ar­lene Tay­lor re­quested a tem­po­rary leave of ab­sence due to ill­ness.

Tay­lor has been ab­sent in­ter­mit­tently from board func­tions over the course of the last two months due to a health-re­lated is­sue.

“Thank you all for your re­cent ex­pres­sions of con­cern about my health,” Tay­lor wrote. “I have missed see­ing all of you and work­ing with you lately, es­pe­cially as we get ready for a promis­ing new school year with our new Su­per­in­ten­dent.”

Tay­lor has re­quested a 90day leave of ab­sence, ef­fec­tive Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. Tay­lor said she con­ferred with Vice Pres­i­dent An­nette DiMag­gio who will take over for Tay­lor as act­ing pres­i­dent, with board mem­ber and for­mer pres­i­dent, Jen­nifer Ge­orge fill­ing in as act­ing vice pres­i­dent.

Tay­lor said that her leave of ab­sence was spurred by her con­cern that the board not be slowed or in­con­ve­nienced by her per­sonal sched­ule, and based on her doc­tors’ ad­vice and cur­rent treat­ment reg­i­men. “Please know that I am slowly get­ting bet­ter,” said Tay­lor, “and with God’s grace, I will soon be back on my feet and strong again.”

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