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Welcome aboard, Dr. Morgan

January 10, 2002

Welcome aboard, Dr. Morgan



Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Morgan on being chosen as the new Washington County Superintendent of Schools. After working with Morgan, who's served since June as the interim superintendent, School Board members obviously liked what they saw. From all indications, they made the right choice.

Morgan is articulate and personable, but she also has a solid record of academic achievement, having served in public education for more than 30 years.

She's been a a community superintendent in Montgomery County, Md., an associate superintendent in Frederick County and was second in command in the Baltimore City school system when she agreed to fill in here following the departure of Dr. Herman Bartlett Jr. In 2000, she was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals.

In the short time we've watched Dr. Morgan, the thing that has stood out is her communication skills. She's been willing to sit down with critics of the school system and listen to their concerns. But just as important, she's been willing to defend and hail the system's performance at a time when things such as the growing number of schools here receiving Blue Ribbon designation have drawn surprisingly little positive feedback in the community.

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Morgan's task, for which she seems very well-suited, is to create a partnership between citizens, the business community and the school system. That's important not only so that schools have the funds they need, but so that those who aren't educators also realize that their participation is crucial if children are to succeed.

Given the issues that face the school system - redistricting, school consolidation and improving the School Board's relationship with the county commissioners - Morgan will have little time to celebrate her appointment. We hope the community will join us in congratulating her and in supporting her in what should be everyone's quest - making Washington County's schools the best in Maryland.

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