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Gerard Kendle

For Washington County Board of Education

For Washington County Board of Education

July 13, 2006

Gerard Kendle

For Washington County Board of Education

Gerard Kendle, 41, of Hagerstown is running for a seat on the Washington County Board of Education.

Kendle has been an officer with the Hagerstown Police Department for more than 12 years, he said. He was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1988.

Since 1989, he has been in the West Virginia Air National Guard, where he is now a first sergeant.

This is Kendle's first bid for elected office, he said.

Kendle said he would like to see the Board of Education focus on long-term goals and concentrate on student responsibility. "I don't think kids understand responsibility," he said.

Kendle said he believes Elizabeth Morgan, the Washington County Public Schools superintendent, is moving the county's schools in a good direction. If elected, he said, he would like to seek more funding at the state and county level.

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He hopes to accomplish these things with the entire school system working together.

Kendle said he would like to see the number of community service hours students are required to spend outside of school increased. He said that of the 75 hours students spend on community service, 60 are earned while in school.

Kendle lives in Hagerstown with his wife, Vonda, and his four children, who all attend Washington County Public Schools.

Seats on the School Board are nonpartisan.

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