Candidate Survey: Michael Guessford for Washington County Board of Education
Graduated Williamsport high school in 1984
Nutrition Programs Manager with the Washington County Commission on Aging
4 years as a Board Of Education member
Why are you running for office?
To continue promotion of balanced education, safety of our students and the development of pre-k programs.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I don’t have any political role models. I have people that I respect for all the work that they have done to promote education.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Safety and protection of our students.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Funding, hiring qualified teachers and retention, and Pre-k programs.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
I have reviewed many parts of our curriculum. I have issues with basic life skills not being taught. We focus on higher education but forget that many students are needed in the vocational trades.
What is your position on school spending?
We have worked hard to support our superintendent in keeping our budget under control. We are challenged with the overall cost of health care and deferred maintenance of our schools. With new Pre-k mandates coming it going to be another challenge.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
What is your position on teacher tenure?
I’m fine at this time with tenure.
What is your position on standardized testing?
I’m for testing but we over test students to death.
What is your position on classroom size?
Class size should be kept smaller, 22-24 students.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?