Letter to the Editor - April 27

April 27, 2011

School board should appoint Michael as superintendent

To the editor:

I am writing to encourage the members of the Washington County Board of Education to appoint and promote Boyd Michael III as our next superintendent of schools. I have read the resumes of the three candidates, all with impeccable professional and ethical qualifications. However, one applicant possesses several inherent qualities that put him ahead of the class; his 301 area code and 21713 ZIP code. Michael inherited these, being born the son of Boyd Michael Jr., a respected teacher-principal in Washington County for many years. Michael is homegrown, and that satisfies our desires for the best in a product.

The successor to the best in the nation, Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, must be willing and capable of continuing the excellence she established during her tenure. Michael assisted her endeavors and is deserving the privilege to advance that effort through his prodigious leadership.

Michael, a former student of mine, was a good pupil at Boonsboro High School. As superintendent, Michael will be good for all pupils of Washington County. Let us be selfish and maintain his talent, but generous with our recognition as a reward for his dedicated service.

Someone said, “The hardest thing is writing a recommendation for someone we know.” His expertise betrays that premise and affords me the utmost confidence to support his appointment to that lofty position. Failure to capitalize on his abilities could derail a system that he helped engineer and promote to national acclaim.

We’ve all witnessed the results of outsourcing our products to others. Let’s not be guilty of making the same mistake with our most important product — the education of our children. We have the best source right here in our own county. Let’s keep him here. He’s homegrown and the best. Appoint Boyd Michael III our next, deserving superintendent of Washington County Schools.

James C. Murray

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