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Roberta S. Wise and Maura H. Cook were reappointed as chairwoman and vice chairwoman of the Charles County Board of Education, respectively, Tuesday.

Cook nominated Wise for chairwoman, and no other member was nominated.

She was appointed chair after six of seven board members voted in her favor. Member Patricia Bowie was not present for the meeting.

Wise said she appreciated the board support and that the next six months would be extremely busy.

“I appreciate the fact that you trust me to get us through this,” she said.

In a later interview, Wise cited the hiring of a new superintendent and redistricting as two examples of tough issues facing the board in coming months.

Wise nominated Cook as vice chairwoman. No other nominations came forward.

Like Wise, Cook was voted in with favorable votes from all board members present.

Wise said the vice chair supports the chairperson and assists in any way she sees fit. With the upcoming budget, the hiring of a superintendent and redistricting, she said it will “require a lot of consensus building and compromise among us, and I am happy to support that.”

According to information provided by the school system, Wise is a retired Charles County Public Schools teacher with 34 years of experience, a former Charles County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the Washington Post Agnes Meyer award for outstanding teachers in 1991.

Cook is a nurse and a former award-winning Destination Imagination coach, PTA officer and parent volunteer. She works as a registered nurse local care coordinator. She works with primary care physicians assisting with care coordination, education and health promotion.

Both were elected for their first terms in 2006.



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