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Nominations sought for Rita Board Dowd outstanding administrator award

Carroll County Public Schools is seeking nominations for the Rita Board Dowd Award for Outstanding Carroll County School Administrators. The award was created in memory of Rita Board Dowd, who passed away in May 2009.

Rita taught biology and science at North Carroll High School from 1997 to 2002. She was a member of the faculty that opened Winters Mill High School in 2002 and taught biology until her appointment as assistant principal in 2006, according to a school system news release.

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The award is given annually to two school administrators: one principal and one assistant principal, awarded independently. The goal of the award is to recognize exceptional educational leadership in serving the school system and its students. The award will ideally be given to administrators who demonstrate the following attributes:

Excel - highly proficient at understanding and administering school policy

Teamwork - cooperate with and inspire team initiative and collaboration

Culture - create an environment that engenders others to perform at their best

Communicate - ability to communicate and listen at all levels

Heart - demonstrate the ability to care about helping others

Community - support extended community beyond official school events

Results - area of responsibility is at an excellent level or has shown marked improvement.

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Any full-time elementary, middle or high school, career and technology, or alternative program principal or assistant principal in Carroll County Public Schools may be nominated. Any student, administrator, teacher, parent, faculty or staff member or other individual may nominate someone they feel deserves consideration for the award. Former recipients of the award may not be reconsidered, according to the release.

The nomination form is available on the Carroll County Public Schools website at

. Nominations must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, March 28, according to the release.

The selection committee will be composed of a member of Rita Board Dowd's family, the previous year's winners, school directors and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Steve Johnson. The award will be presented during the Board of Education's employee recognition ceremony April 29.

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