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Three incumbents on the school board Wednesday were sworn in after winning re-election last month, one for her fifth term.

Mary Washington garnered the most votes in the three races in November’s election. Washington was among the first elected school board in 1996 and served as the chair of that board.

Cathy Allen also won re-election in November for her fourth term, while Marilyn Crosby beat out her opponent to win a second four-year term on the school board.

“It is an honor every day to be part of this family,” Allen said after praising school employees for their work.

Washington said she would do her best to continue to serve the public.

“It is my passion, my purpose and my calling,” Washington said.

Crosby thanked Superintendent Michael Martirano and others for their support and diligent work in the school system.

“I look forward to my second term,” Crosby said.

Martirano thanked all of the board members for their dedication to the job.

“As a superintendent, I can’t ask for anything more,” he said, adding that the stability of the school board over the years and the commitment of each board member will serve the county schools well during the next four years as education reforms are put in place here and across the country.

“We have miles to go before we sleep,” he said.

The superintendent said the incumbents’ victories in November’s election is a vote of confidence. “Each one of you had a landslide victory over your opponent,” Martirano said.

After the board members were sworn in and shared congratulations, they moved immediately into a closed executive session to discuss personnel, legal, negotiations and property acquisition issues.

During an open session later Wednesday morning, the members voted 4-0 to reinstate Sal Raspa as chair for the next year. Allen abstained from the vote. All five members then voted for Brooke Matthews to be vice chair.

jyeatman@somdnews.com