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New Park and Ride Commuter Lot Opens Dec. 22

Calvert County commuters will get a welcome gift this holiday season when the new Dunkirk Park and Ride commuter lot opens Dec. 22, 2014.

With 500 parking spaces, the new lot provides double the amount of available parking spaces currently offered to commuters who board buses in Dunkirk. The new facility is located at 10839 Town Center Blvd., behind the Dunkirk Medical Center.

In addition to extra parking spaces, commuters will now have extensive lighting, two designated shelters and landscaping.

Effective Dec. 22, there will be no bus service to the lot off of Ferry Landing Road.

For more information about the new Dunkirk Park and Ride, visit the Maryland Transit Administration project page at http://mta.maryland.gov/dunkirk-park-and-ride-project. For a complete listing of commuter bus schedules and fares, please visit http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?NID=318.

Mark Willis Graduates from Leadership Maryland

Calvert County Government employee and Prince Frederick resident recognized at December 2 ceremony

Leadership Maryland announced today that Mark Willis, deputy director, enterprise fund operations for the Calvert County Government, recently completed the professional development program dedicated to building a stronger Maryland by educating, cultivating and connecting our state’s brightest leaders. Leadership Maryland honored Willis, a resident of Prince Frederick, and the entire Class of 2014 at its 22nd annual graduation ceremony held December 2 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Willis was one of 51 applicants chosen by a selection committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The Class of 2014 reflects a cross-section of the state, including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

“To be informed about statewide and regional issues, and having the opportunity to engage and interact with leaders who put themselves on the front line every day, has prepared these individuals to be the catalyst for positive change in Maryland,” said Leadership Maryland Board Chairman William B. Grant, Esq., C.F.P. '02, president and CEO, First United Bank & Trust.

“These are the leaders to watch now and in the future,” said Renée M. Winsky ‘05, president and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Maryland. “Their experience confirms that the quality of leadership affects the success of the solutions. Problems are solved when committed, dynamic and informed leaders, with vision and passion, are willing to take the risk to lead.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit www.LeadershipMD.org, call 410-841-2101 or email Info@LeadershipMD.org.

Calvert County Public Schools Bids Farewell to Two Board Members

The December 11 Board of Education meeting marks the end of an era for Calvert County Public Schools, as Dr. Eugene Karol, president, concludes his many years of service to the school system. Dr. Karol and member Dawn Balinsky took part in their final meeting before newly elected at-large members William Phalen and Pamela Cousins join the Board in January.

Ms. Balinsky concludes her fourth year and first term on the Board. During her tenure on the Board, she focused on the equitable allocation of resources among schools and the improvement of financial reporting and analysis. She was heavily involved in the successful redistricting of the northern elementary schools and was an especially strong voice advocating for the increase of technology in the classroom to create more digital learning opportunities for students. Finally, her extensive work with community organizations enabled her to help revitalize the mentorship program and create more partnerships with local businesses, as well as scientific and higher education institutions.

Dr. Karol was elected to the Calvert County Board of Education in November of 2006. Previously, he served as the Superintendent for thirteen years before retiring from the position in 1993. During his time as superintendent, Dr. Karol skillfully led the system, earning the Maryland Superintendent of the Year Award. In his eight years on the Board, Dr. Karol consistently advocated for the best interest of students and made decisions to lead the school system toward future success. His goal as a Board member was to ensure that the right policy decisions were made to maintain and improve the high quality of education that exists today.

Also joining the Board in January is James Piatt, who was appointed by the Calvert Board of County Commissioners to fill the District 1 seat that was left vacant in November when member Joe Chenelly resigned two years into his four-year term.

The Calvert County Public Schools Board of Education is composed of five members who are elected for four-year terms. The members are representatives of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd election districts, plus two at-large members. Candidates for Board of Education positions must be registered voters in the county and district-if seeking a district seat-for two years before the beginning of a term. An individual may not serve on the Board for more than three consecutive terms. The Board also includes a non-voting student member elected by his or her fellow students for a one-year term. The Board of Education hires the superintendent and establishes policies consistent with state and federal laws governing public education.

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