At its next meeting on January 5, the board of education likely will vote on a policy that spells out the process for changing school districts. At the very least, the policy will be presented for a third and final reading. Most of the comments from the public have dealt with making sure the board gives plenty of notice on redistricting-related issues. An addition to the proposed policy requires that prior to the public hearing, “the plan will be published in newspapers, placed on the Board of Education website, displayed in the schools that would be affected, and shared with the PTA organizations of the affected schools.” The proposal is available on the school district’s website, www.qacps.schoolwires.net. Comments can be sent electronically, no later than January 4 to offpubqacps.k12.md.us.
Governor O’Malley has filled the open position on the Queen Anne’s County School Board. Former QAC teacher Fred McNeil, who worked for the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education for 27 years, will take the seat of Faye Lister, who died on December 8. Lister was elected in 2008 as at-large board member for a six-year term; McNeil will serve until the end of her term. McNeil retired in November 2009 after serving as director of public relations, ombudsman, director of adult education, and producer of QAC TV 7 educational programs. He also taught health education and earth science to county students in grades K through 12. McNeil will likely be sworn in before the next board meeting on March 3.