School board bids McCon­key farewell

Com­mis­sioner-elect says ‘I’m al­ways gonna be an ad­vo­cate’ for schools

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By CEDRICK HAWKINS Spe­cial to the Recorder

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

board mem­ber.”

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.

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