While the names of the new members of the Board of Education for Montgomery County Public Schools won’t be known until the November election, one thing is certain. The next school board will be 100-percent female.
All seven candidates whom voters chose to include on the November ballot were women; four of them will be seated on the next school board.
Those four will join three female BOE incumbents: Shebra Evans, Jeanette Dixon and Rebecca Smondrowki.
Even the student representative to the board is female. MCPS students elected to the board in April Richard Montgomery High School rising senior Ananya Tadikibda.
Julie Reiley, the top vote-getter for the at-large seat, would have preferred a more-diverse board.
“I tend to think communities are better served if those who represent them reflect the community,” she said. “I think we need to make sure we do extra work to make sure we are fair and reflecting the need of all our students,” regardless of family income, their ancestry or their ethnicity.