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Paul Bailey

August 01, 2006

Paul Bailey, 72, of Hagerstown, said he decided to seek a third term on the Washington County Board of Education because he is committed to working for the county's children.

"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.

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

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

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