Montgomery school board elects new president

Montgomery County’s school board named a new president Thursday, giving the leadership role to Phil Kauffman, previously vice president.

Kauffman, a resident of Olney, is a second-term board member who retired this year as deputy assistant general counsel with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He was elected Thursday to a one-year term in a 7 to 1 vote.

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For more than a decade, Kauffman, the father of two grown daughters, volunteered as a local and county PTA leader. Among other positions, he served on the board of the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations.

Leaving the board’s top job was Christopher S. Barclay, a second-term board member who was praised and thanked Thursday by each of his colleagues. Barclay, who works in telecommuncations, is a resident of Takoma Park and a father of three.

The board also named a new vice president Thursday, giving the No. 2 post to Patricia O’Neill, the board’s longest-serving member. She was elected in a 6 to 2 vote.

A Bethesda resident and mother of two grown children, O’Neill is a longtime PTA leader who joined the board in 1998 and has served as president and vice president four times over the years. She recently announced she would run for reelection.

 
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