Bailey seeking re-election to Washington County school board

July 01, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

Paul W. Bailey, a former teacher and school administrator, filed Tuesday for a chance at a fourth consecutive term on the Washington County Board of Education.

Three school board seats will be filled in November's general election. Dottie Gruhler, who lives near Smithsburg, and former school board member Russell Williams of Hagerstown also have filed to run, according to the Washington County Board of Elections.

Bailey, 76, of Hagerstown, said he'd like to help sustain the momentum the school system has in regards to student achievement.

He said he anticipates the school system will face some difficult financial years during the coming four-year term and probably for several years.


Bailey said his background and experience as an educator give him credibility in dealing with those issues.

"I'm also hoping to make progress in developing new programs and meeting the needs of all our students," Bailey said.

Bailey is particularly interested in the school system's five-year plan to improve science, technology, engineering and math instruction, also known as STEM, and the STEM magnet program that began being integrated into the Williamsport school complex a few years ago. Bailey taught science and math at Hancock Intermediate School in the early 1960s.

Bailey said the school system needs to review its magnet programs to see if they are meeting goals and, if possible, expand the number of students who can attend. The latter might require changes to the transportation system so students in every part of the county have an opportunity to attend.

Bailey spent his entire career as an educator working for the Washington County Board of Education. He was director of middle schools from the fall of 1989 until June 1996, when he retired.

Bailey was one of 23 students in the 1952 graduating class of Barton High School in Allegany County, Md.

After college and two years in the Army, he came to Washington County to teach science and math at Hancock Intermediate School, which served grades four through seven.

He took off the 1962-63 school year to earn his master's degree.

Bailey then went to work as a counselor at North Potomac Middle School for two years and was a counselor at North Hagerstown High School for a year after that.

Bailey was assistant principal at Boonsboro High School from 1966 to 1970 before serving as principal at Smithsburg Middle School for 19 years.

Bailey's basics

Name: Paul W. Bailey

Age: 76

Address: 840 Kenly Ave., Hagerstown, Md.

Education: Master's in education from Penn State; bachelor's in secondary education from Frostburg State College. Graduated from Barton High School in Allegany County, Md.

Occupation: Retired educator

Party affiliation: Republican, but the race is nonpartisan

Political experience: Is serving his third term as a member of the Washington County Board of Education.

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