Washington County School Board member Roxanne Ober made history in her first run for office, teaming with Bernadette Wagner to offer the voters a two-for-one deal that touted the duo's combined leadership skills and brainpower.
The boards she has served on have racked up some impressive accomplishments. They hired Elizabeth Morgan as superintendent of schools, dealt successfully with the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and were successful in getting the school system's budget fully funded by the Washington County Commissioners.
New "academies" were set up in various schools, creating a setting for those students who wanted to specialize in everything from business and finance to the performing arts and science and technology.
But many challenges remain, including the following:
Leaders of the Maryland General Assembly are hinting at reduced funding for the state's counties and one proposal would have the counties pick up a greater share of teacher-retirement costs. The School Board might have to do more with less in 2008.