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3 turn out to face Morgan

January 16, 2002

3 turn out to face Morgan



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Flanked by all but one member of the elected board of Washington County Public Schools, interim Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan came face to face with the public Tuesday evening.

Well, at least three of them.

Morgan, the only finalist for the superintendent position, was available in the auditorium at the Board of Education complex for a community dialogue that began with Russell Williams, School Board candidate, asking about the future of the Washington County Job Development Center.

"Will it continue and where will it be located?" Williams asked.

Morgan said she hasn't had time to give a thought to that yet. "But I believe we will be having discussions about the center," she said.

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Williams, who said his daughter was once a student at the center, said he would like to be in on those discussions.

Currently located on Federal Lookout Road in Smithsburg, the center is for special-needs students.

"I hope the low attendance tonight means the community is deeply contented with you," Williams said to Morgan.

Another explanation mentioned was the North-South basketball game, which was played Tuesday night.

Local business leader Gaye McGovern was on hand to lend her support to Morgan from the business community.

"I and many others are pleased with the foundation you've laid and your ability to communicate with the business community," McGovern said. "I know business wants to be partners with the schools."

Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said he and his wife, Cindy, a teacher at Smithsburg Elementary School, also came to show their support for Morgan.

When questions and comments were exhausted, School Board member J. Herbert Hardin pointed out Morgan's statewide support. "We are looking forward to you taking the ball and running with it," Hardin said to Morgan.

Morgan said she applied for the job because she wants to set the focus and direction for Washington County schools.

"I'm proud to be here," Morgan said. "I want every student educated to the best of that student's ability to learn."

Only board member Doris Nipps was absent from the community dialogue Tuesday night.

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