Kelly elected BOE president
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.
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.