School board bids McConkey farewell
Commissioner-elect says ‘I’m always gonna be an advocate’ for schools
Members of the Calvert County Board of Education bade farewell to outgoing member Kelly McConkey during his final meeting Thursday.
With his door closing with the board of education, another one has opened, as McConkey recently won a seat on the Board of County Commissioners this past November. By law, the county commissioners will be responsible for interviewing and selecting a new school board member to fill the va- cancy left in his wake, as McConkey leaves his post with two years left on his term.
Many of his fellow school board members spoke fondly of McConkey and how he made a difference in their lives.
Board member Pamela Cousins thanked McConkey for helping her out during her first term, saying that “starting with our first meeting, you made me feel welcome, and gave me seasoned advice of how to be a
Superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools Dan Curry praised McConkey for his efforts and everything he did.
“I wanna thank Kelly for his service. It’s not an easy job, but it’s enjoyable if you work at it and I know we’re gonna have an advocate in him in the future,” Curry said.
Board member Bill Phalen wished McConkey luck in pursuing his new career.
“We hope you enjoy your new assignment because we know you wanted it and we want you to work hard at it,” Phalen said.
Student member Thomas Ridenour was able to reflect on how McConkey helped him out when he became a member of the board of education this year. Ridenour stated that McConkey “helped me into the board of education and explained things when I didn’t know things at times, so thank you and I wish you the best of luck.”
McConkey, who won the county commissioners’ race as a Republican in District 3, summarized his time as a member of the board of education by giving thanks to everyone.
“It’s been a wonderful six years and a long journey. It’s been an honor to work with everyone on the board,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for [administrative assistant] Karen Maxey. Everything that I ever needed, she would always help me. If I had a complaint, I sent people to her and she did so much to help me.”
McConkey closed his speech by saying, “I’m always gonna be an advocate for Calvert County Public Schools and the teachers and the staff, and I look forward to doing more for the school system with where I’m at now. Thank you all for the support.”
In other business, the school board recognized CCPS Employees of the Month: Kristen Johnson and Debby Reamy from Barstow Elementary, Nicola Williams and Sarah Draheim from Dowell Elementary, Huntingtown Elementary’s Wendy Palensky and Ann van deer Hayden, Samantha Ritts and Tara Brauns from Calvert Elementary, Matt Klapper and Brandon Bryant from Southern Middle School and Calvert High’s Demetri Bedel and Valerie Redden.