The Montgomery County Board of Education selected Michael Durso to continue to serve as president and Dr. Judith Docca to serve as vice president of the Board for 2017. The selection was made at the regular meeting of the BOE on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Both officers will serve a one-year term.
“I am honored to be chosen by my peers again to serve as president of the Board during this time of significant growth and transition in our school district,” Durso said. “Although we have numerous challenges before us as a Board, I am confident that we will continue to be united in our efforts to serve the nearly 160,000 students in our district and ensure that they receive a world-class education.”
Durso was elected to his first four-year term in 2010 after being appointed to the Board in June 2009 to finish an unexpired term. He was elected to his second four-year term in November 2014. For the past year, he has served as president of the Board and as a member of the Board’s Fiscal Management Committee.
A resident of Silver Spring, Durso is a retired educator, whose 44-year career included 13 years with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as principal of Springbrook High School (1996 to 2009). He also served as the principal of Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va. and as principal of Woodrow Wilson High School and Lincoln Junior High School in Washington, D.C. He began his career as a social studies teacher.
He was appointed in 2013 to serve on the Maryland Center for School Safety Governing Board and currently serves as an adjunct professor at McDaniel College. He is the recipient of various awards, including the Outstanding Principal Award which is sponsored nationally by Burger King and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (1987), Executive Educator of the Month Award by Executive Educator Magazine (1986), and Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Middle States Association (2009).
Durso received a degree in American history with a minor in education philosophy from The Catholic University of America and a master’s degree from American University in Educational Administration. He is married with four children who are graduates of MCPS.
Docca, a resident of Montgomery Village, is serving her third term on the Board of Education representing the UpCounty Germantown area. For the past year, she has served as vice president of the Board and member of the Board’s Committee on Special Populations and the Strategic Planning Committee.
“I look forward to working with our Board president, Board colleagues, and the leadership of Montgomery County Public Schools to tackle the challenges ahead of us,” said Docca. “We take these issues very seriously and are committed to ensuring that all MCPS students graduate ready to thrive in their future.”
She spent 38 years as a teacher and administrator with MCPS. She began her career as a Spanish and French teacher, and later served as a human relations coordinator, assistant principal at Montgomery Blair High School, and principal of Argyle Middle School.
She is currently co-chair of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education’s Black and Hispanic Caucus. She has been an officer, Education chair, and Youth Council sponsor of the NAACP. She has served as president and treasurer of the Montgomery County Alliance of Black School Educators, and a member of the Hispanic Educators Association and the Asian American Educators Association.
Docca holds a bachelor’s degree in romance language and literature from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a master’s degree in romance language and literature, and a doctorate in Education Administration from George Washington University.