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Humphreys says schools should stick to the plan

October 24, 2000

Humphreys says schools should stick to the plan



Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about Washington County Board of Education candidates.

By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


Andrew Humphreys says he wants another four years on the Washington County Board of Education so the school system can continue to improve the quality of education its students are receiving.

Humphreys, 45, of Hagerstown, said he thinks a solid way to keep in step with that goal is to stick to the School Board's comprehensive plan, which consists of goals and objectives for the school system, and to continually expand and revise it.

"If you don't plan, it's very rare that you're going to meet your goals," Humphreys said. "In most cases, we find that when you do plan, you end up exceeding your goals."

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Humphreys is one of eight candidates vying for four open seats of the seven-member School Board. The election is Nov. 7.

He said he thinks the curriculum should eventually be re-aligned to reflect the content of the high school assessment exams, which will be implemented throughout the state starting in 2001.

"We need to beef it up to help students be able to succeed," Humphreys said.

Humphreys, a Tennessee native, said the school system has improved over the last four years he's been on the board and he hopes he can help continue that progress. He campaigned in 1996 on a nine-point plan, and many of those points have remained the same.

Balancing resources for all schools, engaging the community, achieving equity and building stronger business partnerships are among those nine items.

He also said he'd push for the Washington County Commissioners to fully fund the education budget, money needed to help meet goals in the comprehensive plan.

Some of that money can be put toward new technology programs for students and for instructional courses for teachers on how to use that technology.

"We need to get our teachers up to speed," he said. "When you do that, I think everyone sees more efficiencies."

The amount of paperwork that teachers must complete would also decrease by using up-to-date programs.

Humphreys, a business and management consultant and a church directory consultant, has a wife, Bonnie, and four children in Washington County Public Schools. They moved here in 1991 from Montgomery County, where he had worked for Maryland National Bank.

He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in political science.

"I don't think there can be any question that our school system is better off now than it was four years ago," Humphreys said. "I would ask people to vote for me so we can continue to move in a progressive direction and to continue to push for increased state aid and federal involvement in public education. I have fulfilled my promises - all nine of them - that I made to the people of Washington County four years ago. I have delivered. I have been faithful.

"But the main reason why people should vote for me is because I am a father of four children in the school system. There's that direct connection, and the issues have more impact for me."

School board members receive $4,800 annually. The president gets $100 more.

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