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Welcome, William Young

June 03, 2003

Congratulations to William Princeton Young for his appointment to the Washington County Board of Education. Young, who has already been involved in the school system, should be a good addition to the board.

In choosing the 56-year-old Young, an assistant warden at Maryland Correctional Training Center, Gov. Robert Ehrlich said that Young shares his commitment to "provide every child with a first-class education, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods."

For his part, Young, who has taught cultural diversity programs for the Department of Public Safety for 11 years, said he hopes to help the system do a better job of dealing with "so-called problem students."

Young has done more than just talk about such issues. In 2001, The Herald-Mail's Marlo Barnhart wrote about his role in starting a mentoring program at the Alternative School, since renamed the Antietam Academy.

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As the first African-American member of the School Board, Young will bring that perspective to a system that was criticized in the 1997 curriculum audit for classifying too many black children as special-education students.

And despite the warm words from Gov. Ehrlich, Young will have to deal with a school system that will be asked to do more under the federal "No Child Left Behind Act" without any guarantee of adequate state or federal help.

We welcome him board and in dealing with those and other issues, we wish him luck.

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