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Bailey seeks re-election to school board

July 14, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

He's spent 46 years in education, and he said he would like to extend that to at least 50 by serving another term as a member of the Washington County Board of Education.

Paul W. Bailey, 72, of Hagers-town, said he decided to seek a third term on the board because he is committed to working for the county's children.

There are 10 people running for three seats on the Board of Education. The primary election is Sept. 12, and the general election is Nov. 7.

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"Excellence in the classroom begins with excellence in the boardroom," he said. "I truly believe that."

Bailey was a science and math teacher in Washington County before becoming a counselor and then a principal. He also served as director of middle schools in the county. He retired in 1997. Both of his children are Washington County teachers, he said.

One of Bailey's goals in a third term would be to continue to focus on student achievement, he said. He said the board should continue to focus on helping students meet the requirements of federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

With recent growth in the county, the school system has had to accommodate increased student enrollment, Bailey said. Recent building and renovation projects in the county have helped, but he said an influx of students is still an issue.

"We're finding seats for the students," he said. "But growth is a concern."

Bailey said he has always been an advocate for the county's schools being safe and orderly environments. He said raising awareness about safety and making sure students are aware of their surroundings will help.

Continuing to provide opportunities for students, including extra-curricular activities and other options, is another goal Bailey said he has for a third term on the board.

He said he supports private-public partnerships for large-scale school projects like the North Hagerstown High School stadium.

Finding and keeping the most qualified teachers was another area Bailey said he was committed to.

"Recruitment of teachers who are extremely qualified and also excellent administrators is important," he said.

While building on all that the board has accomplished and working toward new goals, Bailey said he wants to make sure that the board and other officials work as a team.

"We need to work collaboratively to solve problems," he said.

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