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Lifetime Jefferson Co. resident wants to return to school board

April 20, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail will be running profiles of the five candidates for the Jefferson County Board of Education race. The candidates will run in alphabetical order today, Thursday and Friday, and wrap up Monday and Tuesday.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Mariland Dunn Lee, member of the Jefferson County Board of Education since 2006, said she is a lifetime county resident who has a passion for the local school system.

Lee, 60, comes by that claim by growing up in the system -- from her own days as a student, a long teaching career at Jefferson High School, as a one-time parent of local students and most recently as a member of the school board.

School board members serve four-year terms and are not paid.

Three incumbents on the five-member board are seeking re-election in the May 11 primary: Lee, Peter Dougherty and Scott Sudduth. Challengers are Laurie M. Ogden and Karan Townsend. The top three vote-getters earn seats.

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The primary serves as the election for school board candidates.

Lee represents the Middleway District.

According to her campaign statements, Lee wants to continue to support instruction, more and safer facilities for students, raises for teachers and to keep a watchful eye on taxpayers' dollars.

"My four years experience on the board has reaffirmed to me the importance of continuing to see that all levels of the school system's leaders and functions work harmoniously with the state board of education, local government officials, school leaders and parents," she said in a campaign statement.

On the personal side, Lee, one of seven children of Stanley and Gladys Lee, earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education at Shepherd University and her master's degree at West Virginia University.

She is married to Charles Lee. The couple has two grown sons, Michael and Aaron.

Lee is the musical director and pianist at South Berkeley Baptist Church in Inwood, W.Va.

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