Jon wants our educators to have the resources they need to prepare our children to be productive members of the workforce, whether after graduation or after achieving their college degrees.
Equal representation on the Board of Education is critical to the systems’ success. In 2014, Jon ran on the promise to push our state delegation to allow Howard County to elect five of the seven board members aligned with existing Council Districts, with two members elected to represent the whole county. Working with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, Jon’s leadership helped bring that vision to reality with the passage of the law in the 2017 State Legislative Session.
When Jon was elected Council Chair in December 2016, during a tumultuous time at HCPSS, he immediately initiated regular meetings with the Board of Education’s Chair and Vice Chair. These meetings were intended to re-establish communication channels and to identify and discuss issues critical to both bodies.
What Jon has accomplished:
* Proposed and worked with Howard County’s Annapolis Delegation to pass legislation to reform the Board of Education structure to improve responsiveness and representation by electing five BOE members by districts instead of at-large.
* Consistent proponent even before taking office to accelerate the funding and construction for a 13th high school in the eastern part of the county to relieve overcrowding.
* Pushed for additional funding for a new Elkridge Library. Jon also identified a location for temporary site and obtained funding to ensure library access for the Elkridge community throughout the construction phase.
* Encouraged HCC to extend programming to Elkridge area, considering new library as a site for such programming.
What Jon will continue to do:
* Advocate for funding and acceleration of construction for a 13th high school in the eastern part of the county to alleviate overcrowding in Howard, Long Reach, Centennial high schools.
* Collaborate with State elected officials on reforms for equitable school funding to Howard County and improvements in authority to enable appropriate local control of education.
* Partnerships with private and non-profit organizations to increase opportunities for our students through mentoring, internships, and apprenticeships.