Kelly elected BOE pres­i­dent

Record Observer - - SCHOOL - By HAN­NAH COMBS [email protected]­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion will be un­der new lead­er­ship for the re­main­der of the 2018-19 school year. Cur­rent mem­ber Capt. Bev­erly Kel­ley was elected by fel­low mem­bers dur­ing the Dec. 5 meet­ing to serve as board pres­i­dent un­til De­cem­ber 2019. Kel­ley is joined by re­turn­ing board mem­ber and past pres­i­dent Tammy Harper, who will serve the cur­rent term as vice pres­i­dent. Other mem­bers in­clude new mem­ber Michele Mor­risette and re­turn­ing mem­bers Sharyn Har­lowe and Car­rie O’con­nor.

“I am ex­cited to get to work on pos­i­tiv­ity, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, and team­work for all the board mem­bers,” Kel­ley said. “I am very ap­pre­cia­tive to have been elected, and have been want­ing to do this [serve in the ca­pac­ity of board pres­i­dent] for awhile.” She said she has been serv­ing on the board for the past seven and a half years.

Kel­ley out­lined four goals as in­com­ing pres­i­dent. She said she wants all of the board mem­bers to feel meet­ings are pos­i­tive, en­joy­able, ef­fec­tive and suc­cess­ful. Kel­ley hopes that the cur­rent board will show­case pro­fes­sion­al­ism — show­ing the pub­lic they are pre­pared and knowl­edge­able about the de­ci­sions they will make — giv­ing the pub­lic con­fi­dence in them.

Team­work also is an in­te­gral part of Kel­ley’s vi­sion. She told the board all five mem­bers should be able to ex­press their views with con­fi­dence that their thoughts will be con­sid­ered. In her mil­i­tary lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence, Kel­ley said, she al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated clear, strong coun­ter­points to her views. Those el­e­ments are es­sen­tial to the suc­cess of mak­ing the best over­all de­ci­sions for the stu­dents and com­mu­nity.

Lastly, Kel­ley said she hopes they are able to move for­ward and not dwell on the past. “There is a lot of work to be done,” she said.

KRIS­TIAN JAIME

The new Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion tack­led a full agenda at its first meet­ing fol­low­ing the of­fi­cial swear­ing-in of newly elected mem­bers.

BEV­ERLY KEL­LEY

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