This morning marked the swearing-in of four recently elected Board of Education members, following a moment of silence to honor the late former President George H.W. Bush on the national day of mourning. Re-elected incumbents Liz Barrett and Brad W. Young and newly elected members Jay Mason and Karen A. Yoho took the oath of office in the Board Room at the Frederick County Public Schools headquarters building in Frederick. All were elected to four-year terms.
After the swearing-in ceremony, conducted by Clerk of the Circuit Court Sandra K. Dalton, the Board convened its annual meeting to elect officers for the coming year. Young was re-elected president and Joy Schaefer was elected vice president.
Young was first elected to the Board in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018. He served as the Board's president for December-to-December terms in 2010-2011, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. A 1982 graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High, he earned an associate's degree in business at Frederick Community College, a bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Maryland, College Park and master's degree in business at Frostburg State University.
Schaefer was first elected to the Board in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 for a second four-year term through November 2020. She served as the Board's vice president from 2012-2013 and president from 2013-2014. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she earned a degree in Foreign Service.
Other Board members, in addition to those named above, are Michael Bunitsky and Dr. Kenneth P. Kerr. Paige Tolbard serves as student member.
FCPS posts additional biographical information at www.fcps.org/boeand will add photos and biographies of new members soon.