Rita Board Dowd Award nominations open for Carroll principal, vice principal

Carroll County Public Schools is seeking nominations for the Rita Board Dowd Award for Outstanding Carroll County School Administrators.

The award is given annually to one principal and one assistant principal, independently, “to recognize exceptional educational leadership in serving CCPS and its students,” according to a news release — and any full-time elementary, middle, high school, career and technology, or alternative program principal or assistant principal in CCPS may be nominated.


Any student, administrator, teacher, parent or staff member, or other individual, may nominate someone they feel deserves consideration for the award.

Rita Board Dowd was a biology and science teacher at North Carroll High School from 1997 until 2002, when she became a member of the faculty that opened Winters Mill High School. Dowd taught biology there from 2002 until her appointment as assistant principal in 2006.

She died in 2009 and the award is given in her memory — to administrators that demonstrate excellence, teamwork, culture, communication, heart, community and results.

Last year, John Baugher, principal at Westminster High School, and Christina Dougherty, assistant principal at Francis Scott Key High School, were recipients of the award.

“It’s very humbling,” Dougherty said at the 2018 award ceremony. “It makes you feed good about what you do.”

The nomination form is available on the Carroll County Public Schools website at Nominations must be received by 4 p.m. March 13.

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 on April 25.

Former recipients of the award will be recognized but cannot receive the award again.