School Board Pres­i­dent Ar­lene Tay­lor, 55, dies

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times

CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County School Board Pres­i­dent Ar­lene Tay­lor died Mon­day, Sept. 18, 2017, at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the board of­fice an­nounced Tues­day. Tay­lor was 55.

The state­ment ex­pressed sad­ness at her passing and noted, “She was a cham­pion for her com­mu­nity and the love she demon­strated for her com­mu­nity will be her liv­ing le­gacy.”

Tay­lor had been ill for some time and was ab­sent in­ter­mit­tently from board func­tions over the sum­mer be­fore tak­ing a leave of ab­sence Aug. 1

“Thank you all for your re­cent ex­pres­sions of con­cern about my health,” Tay­lor wrote in her let­ter

re­quest­ing the leave. “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 said 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 treat­ment regimen.

Tay­lor was elected to the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in 2014. She was in the third year of a four-year term and be­came pres­i­dent in Jan­uar y 2017.

She had an­tic­i­pated re­turn­ing by the end of Oc­to­ber. In Tay­lor’s ab­sence, An­nette DiMag­gio has served as act­ing pres­i­dent, with Jen­nifer Ge­orge fill­ing in as act­ing vice pres­i­dent.

One behalf of the Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers, Pres­i­dent Steve Wil­son ex­pressed their “ex­treme re­gret and sor­row at the loss of Bishop Tay­lor.”

“We are thank­ful for her ser­vice to the county and her many con­tri­bu­tions,” he said.

When Tay­lor ran for the at-large school board seat in 2014, she said she would address equal­ity and di­ver­sity in the school sys­tem and en­sure that teach­ers are treated fairly.

“I de­cided to run be­cause it’s al­ways been about the chil­dren and mak­ing sure there is equal­ity through the school sys­tem and di­ver­sity and teach­ers that un­der­stand dif­fer­ent cul­tures,” Tay­lor said. “I want to make sure there is fair­ness for all the work­ers, es­pe­cially the teach­ers, and to make sure teach­ers are be­ing treated fairly.

“They (teach­ers) do go above and be­yond the call of duty when they stay late,

put on pro­grams for learn­ing and buy sup­plies for the kids out of their pock­ets. I just want to make sure they have suf­fi­cient funds for their fam­i­lies and liveli­hood and va­ca­tion like ev­ery­body else does,” she added.

Tay­lor said she wanted to en­sure no stu­dent is left be­hind in, not just the class­room, but in any area of ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing sports and stan­dard­ized test­ing, and to pro­vide stu­dents with equal ac­cess to re­sources, such as free men­tors and tu­tors.

“When I was in the school sys­tem you didn’t have to pay for sports, and a lot of kids who want to play can’t af­ford it,” said Tay­lor, a Queen Anne’s County High School alumna. “I kind of tar­get things of that na­ture.”

Be­fore run­ning for school board, Tay­lor ran un­suc­cess­fully for the county com­mis­sion District 3 seat.

Though Tay­lor is sin­gle with no chil­dren, she served in the role of mother to many in the com­mu­nity. She was been an ac­tivist in the Gra­sonville area and the county at large for more than 20 years.

She worked for the county board of ed­u­ca­tion for 16 years as an assistant at the al­ter­na­tive school and was

a full-time mem­ber of the clergy for the past 11 years.

She re­ceived a Gover­nor’s Citation in 1991, for her note­wor­thy con­tri­bu­tions in ad­dress­ing sub­stance abuse and pre­ven­tion. She founded “Youth in Ac­tion” in 1990, and founded Cho­sen Gen­er­a­tion De­liv­er­ance Min­istries Inc. in Gra­sonville in 1996, where she was Bishop.

A Queen Anne’s County na­tive, Tay­lor grad­u­ated from Queen Anne’s County High School in 1980, af­ter which she at­tended the Com­puter Com­mu­ni­ca­tions In­sti­tute in Wilm­ing­ton, Del., and Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

A vis­i­ta­tion is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Satur­day, Sept. 23, at Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville, where fu­neral ser­vices will fol­low at 11.

Af­ter the ser­vice, friends and fam­ily are in­vited to a repast at the Bay Coun­try Moose Fam­ily Cen­ter in Queen­stown.


On Dec. 22 Natalie Bay­nard, right, do­nated an abun­dance of toys to Cho­sen Gen­er­a­tion De­liv­er­ance Min­istries in Gra­sonville dur­ing the church’s Christ­mas party. The toys then were given to the church mem­bers’ chil­dren. Left is Cho­sen Gen­er­a­tion Pas­tor...



Judy Cen­ter Part­ner­ship of Queen Anne’s County chil­dren en­joy a story read by Ar­lene Tay­lor of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion at Sudlersville El­e­men­tary School. She was a guest dur­ing African American His­tory Week. The chil­dren at­tend Judy...

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