Cumberland Times-News

September 18, 2013

Garrett school board member resigning

Successor will be picked by county commissioners

Cumberland Times-News

— OAKLAND — The Garrett County Commission is soliciting letters of interest from anyone who wishes to replace Donald Forrester on the Board of Education. He is retiring effective Sept. 30.

“I’m basically retiring because my wife and I wanted to get started on our ‘bucket list.’ I had not planned on running for re-election,” said Forrester. “I decided this a fortuitous time to really retire.”

Forrester has been a board member for six years and nine months. Prior to that he was director of elementary schools in the county for six years. Before coming to Garrett County, Forrester was a teacher and principal in Prince George’s County for 28 years.

Upon retirement, Forrester plans to travel with his wife.

Forrester said his fondest memory of his tenure with the board was “developing a rapport with fellow board members and maintaining the best school district in the state of Maryland.”

The commission has the authority to appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Forrester’s term of office on the board, which will end in Dec. 2014, according to a news release.

Forrester’s advice to the person who will take his seat is to be open-minded, be patient and flexible.

“There are going to be a lot of challenges facing the board that demand time and patience,” he said. “Work with the board to help members to make the best decisions for the students of Garrett County.”

Those interested in being appointed to the board must reside in Election District 1.  

Letters and personal credentials for the appointment must be sent by the end of business on Oct. 11, according to Monty Pagenhardt, county administrator.

Commissioners will tentatively make an official appointment during the public meeting on Oct. 15, according to the news release.

Anyone with questions can contact Pagenhardt at (301) 334-8970.

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