Worcester County Board of Education Names Louis H. Taylor as Next School System Leader

Worcester County Board of Education Names Louis H. Taylor as Next School System Leader
Posted on 09/30/2016
Louis H. Taylor

Newark, MD, September 30, 2016– At a special Board meeting Friday, the Worcester County Board of Education appointed Mr. Louis H. Taylor as the next Superintendent of Schools for Worcester County.

“I want to begin by saying thank you to the Board of Education for entrusting me with the job of working side-by-side with the faculty and staff of this amazing school system as the Superintendent of Schools,” Taylor said at the meeting. “It is my responsibility to live up to the trust you have displayed in me as this compact is focused around our greatest asset – our children. We have the most dynamic employees and outstanding students and this is the opportunity of a lifetime… I am honored to serve as the Superintendent of Schools for Worcester County, where people make the difference. I am humbled by this opportunity and I look forward with great anticipation towards the work that we will accomplish together.”

Taylor, a lifelong resident of Worcester County and a Worcester County Public Schools employee for over 30 years, currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO)/Assistant Superintendent. In this role, he has implemented system-wide change by improving efficiency and productivity for the departments he oversees. In addition, Taylor also spearheaded the establishment of the Worcester County Education Foundation, which has garnered pledged donations of over $500,000 from local partners which will support school system initiatives to generate further student success.

Taking pride in his Worcester County heritage, Taylor’s dedication to the community has been recognized through a number of notable awards and honors. He was most recently honored at an evening event sponsored by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce where he received the distinguished 2016 Greater OC Chamber Citizen-of-the-Year Award. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Atlantic General Hospital; Board Member for Hudson Health Services, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, and the Worcester County Education Foundation; he is also a member of the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for District 1; and a director for Calvin B. Taylor Bank.

A proud graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, Taylor holds a Masters of Education degree from Salisbury University, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education also from Salisbury University. His career in education began at Berlin Middle School (now Berlin Intermediate School) as a physical education teacher before advancing to assistant principal. In 1991, Taylor made the move to Stephen Decatur High School, serving initially as assistant principal and then principal, a position he held for 17 years and garnered him statewide recognition as the 1998 Maryland Principal of the Year. Under his leadership, Stephen Decatur became the first Maryland Blue Ribbon School in the county, and the school established the SDHS Alumni Association.

Board President Jonathan Cook also announced that Taylor will take the helm of the school system as interim superintendent on November 1, 2016, following a month-long transition with sitting Superintendent Dr. Jerry Wilson. Wilson, who announced in February he would not seek another four-year contract, shared his thanks to the Board of Education and the Worcester County community in the following statement.

“I want to express my appreciation to the Board and the Worcester County community for the opportunity to serve as superintendent of schools,” Wilson said. “I believe our educators have made great strides toward becoming a world class school system as evident by our students’ outstanding achievement in the recently released PARCC scores. Worcester County’s cumulative scores were higher than any other county in the state for two years in a row.

“I have been fortunate to work with outstanding educational leaders, and I have witnessed powerful instruction,” Wilson continued. “My goal as Superintendent is always to make the best decisions for students and to support our staff as they educate and innovate. Reflecting on the past several years, I am grateful to have served as Worcester County’s Superintendent; it is an honor I will always treasure. I wish the Board and the new Superintendent all the best in the future.”

After sharing Wilson’s statement, Cook praised the outgoing superintendent for his strong leadership during a period of extensive and tumultuous changes in education.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have enjoyed this long tenure with Dr. Wilson,” Cook said. “Under his leadership, this school system has not only seen continued success, he has laid the foundation for Worcester County students to succeed well into the future. From its inception, Dr. Wilson’s vision has dramatically pushed our school system toward achieving world class status through initiatives like the digital conversion, a shift in focus to student learning goals and objectives, and personalized learning for every student. These goals and the many more within our strategic direction are empowering our students to continue on a trajectory toward college and career readiness.”

Earlier this year, the Board of Education contracted with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to conduct the search for the school system’s next leader. Three public input sessions across the county were held to gather input to inform the search process, and the Board conducted two rounds of interviews to narrow the field to two finalists, who participated in extensive interviews earlier this week with various stakeholder groups.

“We are very pleased with how this search has been conducted,” Cook said. “We were very fortunate to have a strong set of applicants from the beginning of this process, and I speak for the entire Board when I share our thanks to the many people in our community that participated in this process; I hope all of you know that your input was a vital piece in our decision making process.”

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Carrie N. Sterrs at 410.632.5092 or email at cnsterrs@mail.worcester.k12.md.us.