Sunday, December 10, 2006

New School Board Member Appointed

The school board has selected a new member to fill Valerie Ervin's seat. The Post:
Christopher S. Barclay, a community activist from Takoma Park with three daughters in Montgomery County public schools, was appointed yesterday to the board that oversees Maryland's largest school system.

The county's Board of Education chose Barclay, 45, to replace Valerie Ervin, who was elected in November to the County Council and took office last week.

Barclay, who will occupy the District 4 seat from the county's east side, won support from five of the seven remaining board members after the panel interviewed five applicants in an open session yesterday morning. He will serve the remaining two years of Ervin's term and could seek reelection after that.

Board members are elected countywide in nonpartisan races and serve at large or from districts.

The selection of Barclay foreshadows the emergence of a new coalition on the eight-member school board, which has a student member. Many of the members had received strong backing from labor unions and groups pressing for greater aid to underachieving students.

Barclay's appointment also increases African American representation on the board to two, at a time when minority parents have raised concerns about the continual lagging of black and Hispanic students behind their white and Asian American classmates. Newcomer Judy Docca (District 1) also is African American, as is Ervin, whom Barclay replaced.

Board Vice President Sharon W. Cox (At Large), who had hoped to be elected president when the panel meets Tuesday, said yesterday that she is taking herself out of contention.Activist, Father Tapped For School Board Seat

OK, Mr. Barclay, welcome to the wild and wonderful world of Montgomery County Public Schools! Hold on to your hat.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm encouraged that minority representation on the MCPS board is starting to get a little closer to the make-up of the county.

What's the minority representation on the TTF executive committee?

December 11, 2006 9:13 AM  
Blogger JimK said...

minority representation on the TTF executive committee?

What in the world does that have to do with anything?


December 11, 2006 9:20 AM  
Blogger Dana Beyer, M.D. said...

I just want you all to know that this blog is read by many more people than we imagine. I met a retired teacher this morning at the Committee for Montgomery breakfast and he has been spreading the "Vigilance" gospel.

December 11, 2006 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was he gay?

Don't you guys know what the readership stats are? Why don't you share them?

December 11, 2006 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like the way this blog is set up, feel free to start your own at

December 11, 2006 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is the previous comment directed to?

December 11, 2006 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Anon who asked the questions about the blog. Duh

December 11, 2006 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering because I don't remember complaining about the way the blog is set up.

If you're seeing things that aren't there, I think they now have drugs for that.

December 11, 2006 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I was wondering because I don't remember complaining about the way the blog is set up." Anon, December 11, 2006 1:41 PM

"Don't you guys know what the readership stats are? Why don't you share them?" Anon, December 11, 2006 12:12 PM

If you want to set up a blog that shares readership stats, feel free, but it's probably more important for you to work on your short term memory.

December 12, 2006 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

December 12, 2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Anon, if that's all you have to say, nobody will ever know.


December 12, 2006 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like we've hit a sensitive area, Jim. How low is the readership?

December 13, 2006 9:26 AM  
Blogger JimK said...

A sensitive area, yes, same as always. If you've got nothing to say except call people names, you're gone.

And if you mean here at the blog, the readership has been increasing steadily for the past two years. I see the logs; the right people follow what we're saying.


December 13, 2006 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How low is the readership?"

Low? You must be kidding...or talking about the CRC blog.

With links like these, Vigilance readership is no doubt booming!

Congrats TTF!


December 16, 2006 7:49 AM  

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