Queen Anne's County Roundup

CENTREVILLE — Community members, business leaders, public officials, parents and school district staff are invited to attend a “stakeholder input session” next month as the Queen Anne's County Board of Education begins in earnest its search for a superintendent.

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education, which has been contracted to conduct the search, will hold two sessions Oct. 5 at the school board's central office, 202 Chesterfield Ave. in Centreville. A 4 p.m. session will be held for school district employees and a 6:30 p.m. session will be held for the community.

There will be a brief presentation about the superintendent search at each session. Attendees will participate in group discussions and will be asked to answer three questions:

What things make Queen Anne’s County a special place to work, live and learn?

What characteristics would you like to see in a new superintendent?

What are some challenges a new superintendent will face in upcoming years?

Individuals who cannot attend the sessions are encouraged to submit their input via email before noon on Oct. 5. Email your responses to Kitty Blumsack at kblumsack@mabe.org. Make the subject line of your email QACPS Public Input and identify yourself in the email body (i.e. parent, student, community member, business owner, etc.).

The school board will use responses to these questions to shape its recruiting process for a successor to Carol Williamson, whose contract was not renewed by a 3-2 vote of the board earlier this year.

The position of the superintendent for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools will be advertised starting in November. The application deadline is the end of January.

In February and March, applicants will be reviewed, ranked and screened, with some candidates having an initial, standardized interview for the post, according to a news release from the school district.

Once the search has narrowed further, a smaller pool of candidates will have a second, more thorough interview.

Finalists will each spend a day in the county, and will meet with focus groups from within the school system and community.

The tentative timeframe has a superintendent being selected in early April, with the board of education to vote in a public session.

The new superintendent will begin a four-year term July 1, 2017.

William Middleton, lead consultant with MABE, presented an overview of the superintendent search process at the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education’s regularly scheduled meeting Sept 7. A copy of his presentation is posted on the QACPS website, on the Superintendent Search page. For more information visit www.qacps.org or call 410-758-2403.

In Other Headlines:

• Boardley Chapel AME Church in Pondtown will hold Hynson Day on Sunday, Sept. 25 with services at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. All are welcome.

• Edwards Pharmacy has become the fifth location where unused eyeglasses can be dropped off for the Centreville Lions Club, which is dedicated to improving eye health and eye care among underserved populations.

The other locations that have been used for a number of years are CNB (now Shore United Bank), the Queenstown Bank’s branch in Centreville, Optical Galleria and Caboodle Cartridge.

The Lions club meets twice a month at Good Guys Restaurant — for a business session on the third Tuesday and for dinner on the last Tuesday.

• The Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library raised $2,500 at its annual book sale last month at locations in Centreville and Kent Island.

Readers, collectors and bibliophiles of all ages filled bags with a wide range of hardbacks and paperbacks, said Mary Jackson, Friends president. DVDs and children’s books were particularly popular, she said.

Both libraries featured gently used current and classic fiction, biographies, gardening, cooking, history and travel titles — all donated by individuals interested in supporting the Friends.

Jackson said six new members joined the Friends and four individuals renewed their membership during the members-only preview sale.

Money raised from the book sale supports the work of the Friends to enrich the library programs and services.

This year the Friends helped fund the library’s early literacy efforts including the summer reading program and StoryTime on Wheels, and the monthly Saturday arts program.

Funds raised from the book sale are earmarked for new programs beyond the scope of the library’s operating budget, Jackson said.

Anyone interested in supporting and improving the awareness of library facilities and services is encouraged to join the Friends. Membership information can be found on the new website, FriendsofQACLibrary.org/membership.

• Harmony on the Bay, a Sweet Adelines chorus, has changed its rehearsal location to the Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA, 123 Coursevall Drive, Centreville. The group rehearses at 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

“If you love to sing, we would love for you to join us,” said Gladys Kaplan, public relations coordinator.

For information, call membership chairman Dale Huffman at 301-512-3588.

• All Queen Anne's County Library patrons can check out iPads without charge. You can choose from the four collections of apps curated by the library staff: pre-literacy for new and learning readers; an iPad loaded with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) apps for middle school students; and devices for young adult and general adult readers.

• The Kennard Alumni Association is looking for programs to be housed at its Kennard High School Cultural Heritage Center and African American History Museum.

The alumni association's vision is stated on its website, www.kennardalumni.com.

The center is located at 410 Little Kidwell Ave. in Centreville, adjacent to Kennard Elementary School.

While the group is interested in all programs, youth programs in tutoring, mentoring and cultural arts will be given priority.

For more information or a tour, contact Clayton Washington at 443-239-2110.

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