School board president requests leave of absence
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.”