The Calvert County Board of Education has elected MacArthur Jones, a Calvert County native and educator for more than 30 years, as its president.

Jones, who has been the board's vice president this year, takes over the job from Robert L. Gray.

Jones, of Huntingtown, has been a teacher, vice principal and principal. He also has served as supervisor of instruction and supervisor of Title 1 and special programs. In all, he spent 31 years in Calvert County public schools before retiring.

Three years ago, he turned his attention to the school board.

"I'd like to see us come close to being able to fulfill the initiatives that we have currently on the drawing board," such as reducing class sizes in the secondary schools and continuing renovating and expanding old school buildings, Jones said.

Jones credits influential teachers for his interest in education. He received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Coppin State College in Baltimore and his master's degree in administration and supervision from Bowie State University.

Jones has three adult daughters and three grandchildren, including one who is a student at Huntingtown Elementary School, where he once was principal.

Ruth T. Keimig, a former teacher who recently announced that she would not seek another term in next year's election, was elected vice president. Keimig has 13 months remaining in her term.

A native of Baltimore and longtime Lusby resident, Keimig taught for nearly 30 years--11 of them in Calvert County's public schools--and raised three children. She retired from teaching in 1995, but came out of retirement the following year to run for the 1st District seat on the Board of Education.

Keimig, who often has spoken of making the school system more accessible to the community, said she decided to forgo reelection to return to retirement.