James E. Richmond, superintendent of Charles County public schools, was named 2003 Maryland Superintendent of the Year. Richmond, 59, received the honor from the state School Superintendents Association.

He is one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year award.

"It's a high honor, and I'm delighted that they think that much of the county and me," Richmond said of the award.

Richmond came to Charles County in 1966 to work as a teacher at La Plata High School. He is serving his second four-year term at the helm of the county's school system.

During his tenure as superintendent, he has emphasized reading programs, boosted the number of students who take Advanced Placement classes and placed a special emphasis on the academic achievement of minority students.

Lackey Indoor Pool

Under Construction

Charles County commissioners, public school officials and the Southern Maryland delegation to the General Assembly gathered recently at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head to break ground for the first indoor swimming pool at a county high school.

The six-lane pool will be used for school competitions and water-safety programs, as well as community recreational swimming. When completed, it will replace an outdoor swimming pool at Lackey. The $3.7 million project by Huntingtown-based Scheibel Construction is scheduled to be completed in March. The facility will include seating for about 450 spectators and locker rooms.

New Director at

St. Mary's Hospital

John McAllister, president and co-founder of Eagan, McAllister Associates Inc., has been elected to the St. Mary's Hospital Board of Directors. He replaces outgoing board member William Marek.

At the annual meeting last month, the hospital corporation also reelected three incumbent board members. They are Elfreda Mathis, principal of Lexington Park Elementary School; Lawrence Schadegg, president and CEO of Comptek PRB Associates Inc.; and William Sturgis, president of the First National Bank of St. Mary's.

2000 Census Data

On Charles Web Site

Charles County 2000 census information and background data are now available on county's Web site.

Information on population, housing and residents' income, as well as the election district map, is included. The Planning and Growth Management Department's Census 2000 Web site can be accessed at www.charlescounty.org/pgm/planning/census/.

Conrad Steps Up at Land Preservation Group

Maryland Agriculture Secretary Hagner R. Mister recently announced the appointment of James A. Conrad as executive director of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF). Conrad served for the past year as MALPF administrator, overseeing day-to-day operations of the organization.

Before joining MALPF, Conrad was co-founder and executive director of the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust in St. Mary's County from 1998-2001. While he was with the trust, the county preserved almost 2,000 acres and developed a Rural Legacy area around Huntersville.

Conrad also served since 1993 as chairman of the St. Mary's County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board. Conrad, who earned a doctorate in political science at Stanford University, formerly taught agriculture policy, political economics and international relations at Texas A&M University, Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and, most recently, St. Mary's College of Maryland.

MALPF was created in 1977 by the Maryland General Assembly to preserve farmland and woodland for the continued production of food and fiber for the state. Since its creation, MALPF has permanently preserved 217,460 rural acres statewide.

As executive director, Conrad works with farmers, legislators and others to advance farmland protection in Maryland.

Barley Is CSM Trustee

Sarah "Sally" Barley of La Plata was recently appointed to College of Southern Maryland board of trustees.

The board is the community college's governing body. Members are appointed by the governor for five-year terms. Other trustees are Chair Delores C. Datcher of Pomfret and Vice Chair Joseph F. Shannon Jr. of La Plata, Charles R. Bailey Jr. of Dunkirk, Gregory Billups of Waldorf, Robert L. Healy of La Plata, Charlene H. Newkirk of Lexington Park, Wilson H. Parran of Huntingtown and James K. Raley Jr. of Hollywood.

Barley worked at CSM for 13 years, retiring in 1999 after serving as the coordinator of the Southern Maryland Studies Center. She developed and maintained the special historical library collection of Southern Maryland materials and managed the daily service operation of the studies center.

Previously she was librarian for the Historical Society of Delaware, assistant to the curator of Kress Library of Business and Economics for Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, and an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration.

Md. Insurance Officials

To Visit Southern Md.

Representatives from the Maryland Insurance Administration will be visiting all three Southern Maryland counties this month as part of the agency's consumer outreach activities.

Anyone who has questions about insurance coverage or wants to know about how to file a complaint against an insurer may meet with a staff member from the administration that regulates life, health, automobile and homeowner insurance companies in Maryland. No appointment is necessary.

The representatives will be at state comptroller's branch offices at the following times:

* Calvert County: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Multiservice Center, 200 Duke St., Room 1300, Prince Frederick.

* St. Mary's County: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19, Government Center, Carter Building, 23110 Leonard Hall Dr., Room 1012, Leonardtown.

* Charles County: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20, 183 Smallwood Village Center, Waldorf.

Proposals for Charles

Legislators Due

Tomorrow is the deadline for residents to submit legislative proposals for Charles County's 2003 Maryland General Assembly legislative package.

Each proposal or suggestion for revisions to existing law will be included in a preliminary package that will be available for distribution Wednesday and presented to the Board of Commissioners during a public hearing Nov. 18. Those who submit a proposal are asked to attend the hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the County Government Building, to give a brief synopsis of their initiative and to answer questions from the commissioners and the public.

Written proposals for the legislative package should be sent to: "Legislative Request," Office of the County Attorney, P.O. Box 2150, La Plata, Md. 20646.

Henry E. Lackey High School swim team members join school officials to celebrate the recent groundbreaking for a new community indoor pool at the Indian Head school. Included in the group are Principal Jervie Petty, at left in back row; Charles County Superintendent of Schools James E. Richmond, at right in front row; and swim coach Melissa Doty, next to Richmond.