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Bailey will run for re-election to School Board

June 21, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Washington County Board of Education member Paul W. Bailey is hoping to extend his 40-plus-year career with the school system for another four years.

Bailey, 68, a retired school administrator, said he is running for re-election to the School Board because, "I feel we've made some significant inroads in developing education in Washington County."

Bailey said he's especially pleased with student achievement on standardized tests, the numbers of students taking Advanced Placement courses and tests, and the level of community involvement on the numerous school committees.

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He also said the current school board has a good relationship with the Washington County Commissioners.

Bailey spent 37 years working in the school system, and he said that experience makes him a good candidate.

In 1959, Bailey became a math and science teacher at what was then Hancock Intermediate School. Over the years, he rose through the ranks, serving as assistant principal at Boonsboro High School in the late 1960s, principal of Smithsburg Middle School from 1970 to 1989, and then taking a job in the school system's central office.

When Bailey retired in 1997, he was the director of middle schools and the director of curriculum for secondary schools.

A year into retirement, Bailey was elected to the School Board.

Bailey lives at 840 Kenly Ave. in Hagerstown. He has two children, Paula Bailey, a first-grade teacher at Salem Avenue Elementary School, and John Bailey, a physical education teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. His wife passed away in 1991.

School board members are paid $4,800 a year. The board president is paid $4,900 annually.

Three of the seven seats on the school board are at stake in this year's election.

As of Thursday afternoon, the other school board candidates were Jacqueline Fischer and Russell Williams.

The candidate filing deadline is July 1.

If seven or more people file to run for School Board, there will be a primary election on Sept. 10.

The general election is Nov. 5.

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