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Board of education officer to seek re-election

June 19, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Washington County Board of Education Vice President Jacqueline B. Fischer said she will seek another term on the board.

She was at least the third person to announce her candidacy for three open seats.

Fischer, 60, of Clear Spring, is serving her first term on the board. Before being elected, she taught English and journalism in Washington County schools, and was a substitute teacher for two years.

Her decision to run for election the first time was easy, she said.

"I still wanted to be involved in education because I think it's the most important activity that anyone can be involved in," Fischer said. "That's why I ran."

Her decision to run for a second term in office was not an easy one, she said. Fischer said she's suffered from arthritis since she was in her 30s, but in the past few months, her condition has worsened.

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"I really had to stop and think if I wanted to go on with it," she said. "They say one of the best things people with arthritis can do is to keep active."

One of the things that helped Fischer decide to run for re-election was her desire to see the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts open in 2008. She said after traveling to a similar school in Baltimore, Fischer was convinced the school for the arts would be a "good move" for Washington county.

Continuing to place magnet programs in the county's schools was another goal.

"I think students need to have as many choices available to them (as possible)," Fischer said.

A goal she had during her first term - one Fischer said she has yet to accomplish - was improving communication among the Board of Education, staff and teachers.

"But it's not an easy thing to do," she said. "Sticking more paper in teachers' mailboxes isn't the way to do it."

Fischer recently attended graduations at two of the county's high schools: Washington County Evening High School and Washington County Technical High School. She said attending graduations is one of the highlights of her year.

Fischer said she enjoys watching students receive diplomas, celebrate their success and move on toward their next endeavors.

"I think education is the most important endeavor there is," Fischer said. "I'm dedicated to promoting education and helping to improve the educational system in Washington County as much as I can."

Seats on the School Board are nonpartisan. A primary election will be Sept. 12 if seven or more people file for the three openings. The deadline to file for open positions through the Washington County Board of Elections is July 3. The general election is Nov. 7.

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