News Release, Charles County Public Schools

La Plata, MD- The Board of Education of Charles County today elected Virginia McGraw as its chairman and Latina Wilson as its vice chairman at the start of the Jan. 14 meeting. The Board votes annually in January to elect a chairman and vice-chairman. Both the chairman and vice chairman serve a one-year term.

The current Board was elected to office in November 2018 and elected McGraw and Wilson as chair and vice chairman in January 2019. This is the fourth term for McGraw as chairman. McGraw was first elected to the Board in 2014 and is serving her second term on the Board. The vote for McGraw to continue as Board chairman was unanimous.

McGraw thanked the Board for its support and said she excited to continue the work they started in 2018. “We have had a lot of challenges this year, but we have faced them together. I take my role as chair seriously and strive to be fair and honest. I wanted to be a Board member to be a part of the decision-making process to do what is best for children. I will do my best to continue to represent what is best for our students,” McGraw said.

Wilson was elected in November 2018 to her first term on the Board. She now begins her second term as vice chairman and said she is excited to continue her work on behalf of students. The Board voted 4 to 3 to reelect Wilson to the role of vice-chairman. “This has been an amazing opportunity. Our kids are absolutely amazing. I have taken every opportunity to be out and about in Charles County public schools. The privilege [in serving as vice chairman] has been mine,” Wilson said.

McGraw is a retired Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) principal who also served as a teacher and vice-principal during her 25-year career with the school system. She was the 2009 CCPS Principal of the Year and volunteers with Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church.  She is an elected member of the board of directors of the Maryland Association of School Boards.  She is also a member of the Charles County Retired School Personnel Association, the Education Association of Charles County and the Maryland State Education Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary special education and her master’s degree in special education. McGraw has lived in the Charles County community for more than 40 years.

Wilson is a Gulf War veteran who retired from the U.S. Army after serving for 20 years. She is active in the community and serves as president of the Port Tobacco River Conservancy; president of the Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; member of the McConchie One-room School House committee and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She also served as the education liaison for the Charles County Branch of the NAACP for several years. Wilson earned her bachelor of science in business from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is serving her first term on the Board.


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