Craig Rice, nearly two months into his role as Montgomery County Council president, was selected by his colleagues to head the council’s education committee.
Rice (D-Dist. 5), who was elected to the council in 2010, was already a member of the committee previously led by former Councilmember Valerie Ervin. She resigned in early January to become executive director of the nonprofit Center for Working Families in New York.
Rice said in a Thursday County Council release that education is one of his top priorities.
Councilmember Phil Andrews, another member of the education committee, said in the statement that it was clear to “Councilmembers overall” that Rice was the man for the job.
Following the council’s vote to make him president, Rice said he planned to emphasize efforts to increase state funding for school renovation and construction.