LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Board of Education convened for a meeting on August 30, 2023, during which Superintendent Dr. J. Scott Smith revealed several key administrative changes. These appointments are slated to take effect on September 5, 2023.

Among the appointments, Mr. John Davis has been named the Assistant Principal for Spring Ridge Middle School. Davis, who serves as a School Counselor at Great Mills High School, has a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from Frostburg State University.

Ms. Rachael Sichko will assume the role of Assistant Principal at Chopticon High School, where she works as an English Teacher. Sichko earned a Master’s Degree from Towson University and a Bachelor’s from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Rounding out the administrative changes is the appointment of Ms. Jatorie Jones as the Coordinator of Food and Nutrition Services. Jones holds a Master’s Degree from Bowie State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Morgan State University. She is a Nutrition Administrative Manager at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Set to become effective in just a few days, these appointments are pivotal for the St. Mary’s County school system. Assistant Principals are crucial in overseeing academic programs, student services, and the general day-to-day operations of schools. Meanwhile, the Food and Nutrition Services Coordinator plays a vital role in ensuring students have access to healthy meals.

The Board unanimously approved the appointments, and school faculty and parents welcomed the news. The appointees’ educational qualifications and prior experience align with the district’s goals to provide a high-quality education for its students.

Although Superintendent Dr. J. Scott Smith did not divulge specific plans or initiatives the new appointees will undertake, he expressed confidence that the new leadership will align well with the district’s broader objectives.

The educational institutions from which the appointees received their degrees, Frostburg State University and Towson University, are accredited, lending further credibility to the Board’s decision. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where Ms. Jones is currently employed, is a reputable healthcare and medical research facility.

Further updates on the school district’s plans and initiatives are expected to be discussed during the Board of Education’s next meeting later this month.

David M. Higgins II is an award-winning journalist passionate about uncovering the truth and telling compelling stories. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern Maryland, he has lived in several East...

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