Baltimore County school board member Cheryl Pasteur resigned this week after announcing her candidacy for a seat in Maryland’s General Assembly.
Pasteur, who was elected to the 12-person board in 2018, plans to run for a House of Delegates seat as a Democrat in District 11A. State law prohibits school board members from pursuing elected or appointed office at any level of government or within a political party, according to a school system news release.
“I am thankful for my time on the Board of Education and the opportunity to serve the students and staff of BCPS,” Pasteur said in the release. “I have grown tremendously in this role, and I look forward to continuing my work and advocacy on behalf of the children of Baltimore County.”
School board members had appointed Pasteur, a former teacher, to the leadership position of vice chair in December. Board chairwoman Julie Henn praised Pasteur from her “tireless advocacy and commitment” to the state’s third largest school system, which serves approximately 111,000 students.
“Ms. Pasteur’s dedicated service on the Board of Education exemplified her unwavering loyalty and commitment to Baltimore County Public Schools,” Henn said in the release. “With close to four decades of experience as an educator in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Ms. Pasteur’s knowledge and professional expertise will allow her to serve as an informed voice representing the needs of BCPS in Annapolis. The Board is grateful for Ms. Pasteur’s time and talents, which she shared so generously, and we wish her the very best in her next pursuits.”
Pasteur’s departure creates a vacancy on the county school board at a time when its members have struggled to get along or find consensus on high-profile decisions. The board will share information on filling Pasteur’s seat in the coming weeks, according to the release.
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Darryl Williams said Pasteur is a fierce advocate for students, staff and families.
“Her deep knowledge of the system and commitment to educational excellence has made a tremendous impact on this school system,” Williams said. “I wish her the very best in her future pursuits and know that she will continue to advocate on behalf of our students.”