Hogan appoints Root to vacant school board seat

Edward Root

CUMBERLAND — Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed an experienced local education official to fill the Allegany County Public Schools board vacancy.

Edward Root, an adjunct professor at Frostburg State University and previously FSU's dean of the school of education, will replace Wayne Foote. 

The ACPS board in December 2018 passed a resolution that asked the state board to remove Foote from the panel.

The state board investigated allegations — in categories, including sexual misconduct, intimidation and breaching the confidentiality of board discussions in executive session — against Foote and determined they were legally and factually sufficient to support charges against him.

Root was one of several witnesses called by the state in July at a public hearing Foote had requested in the case.

In September, Maryland’s Office of Administrative Hearings Administrative Law Judge Michael J. Wallace upheld the local school board’s request to remove Foote. 

Root has more than 50 years of experience in the educational field and served from 2011 to 2016 as a member, vice president and president of the local school board.

He also served on the Maryland State Board of Education from 1999 to 2007.  

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