Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cox will not run again for county school board

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Sharon W. Cox, who has spent the last seven years on the county school board, said this week that she will not seek a third term in office.

Her term expires December 2008.

Cox, 54, was first elected to the board in November 2000, beating Rockville educator Charles Haughey. She was then re-elected to the board in 2004 after defeating Tommy Le, taking almost 69 percent of the vote in the election.

‘‘Education is my passion and being twice elected has allowed me to work with boards that made courageous policy and governance decisions to better serve all children,” Cox wrote in an e-mail to The Gazette. ‘‘Rather than stand for a third term, my experience at a national level has sparked my interest in working with school districts that want to make courageous decisions for children and public education.”

The former school president and former president of the County Council of PTAs has 16 months left in her term. During that time, Cox said she plans to help the new board members gain an independent voice.

‘‘When turnover creates a novice board, unless [processes] are in place to support members thinking independently and working collaboratively with the administration, they tend to focus on narrow special interests and look to the superintendent for leadership on governance,” Cox said. ‘‘In the next 16 months I will work with this board to ensure those processes exist in Montgomery County.”