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Board of Education Holds Swearing In Ceremony for Newly Elected Members

At a meeting held Thursday night, the Montgomery County Board of Education held a swearing in ceremony for two new members of the Board, and one returning member. The two new board members are Shebra Evans, representing District 4, and At-Large Board member Jeanette Dixon. Returning member is Rebecca Smondrowski of District 2.

At a ceremony held at Carver Educational Service Center in Rockville, Rebecca Smondrowski, the representative of District 2, which represents parts of Germantown, Gaithersburg, Darnestown, and Rockville, was re-elected in the Nov. 8 election.

Smondrowski, the incumbent member of the board, defeated challenger Brandon Rippeon. Smondrowski earned 66.9 percent of the 349,359 votes cast. She is beginning her second four-year term on the board.

Jeanette Dixon, the new At-Large member, defeated incumbent Phillip Kauffman in the November election by earning 56.3 percent of the 370,105 votes cast. Kauffman served two-terms on the Board. Dixon is a former teacher and principal, most recently principal at Paint Branch High School from 2001 to 2013. She has two daughters that both graduated from MCPS schools.

Shebra Evans is the District 4 representative, which includes Takoma Park and Silver Spring. She earned 67.8 percent of the 342,058 votes and defeated challenger Anjali Reed Phukan to take the seat being vacated by retiring board member Charles Barclay who did not seek re-election.

Dixon and Evans begin four-year terms on the Board of Education. The election of new officers for the Board will take place during the Board of Education business meeting on December 13, 2016.

The Board honored both Kauffman and Barclay for the service during Thursday night’s ceremony.


Top: Newly elected members of the Montgomery County Board of Education, Shebra Evans, Jeanette Dixon, and Rebecca Smondrowski were sworn into office at a ceremony held Thursday night. Photo courtesy Greg Edmundson.