The Importance of Education in Howard County

Guest blogger Allan Kittleman is the Howard County Executive. He formerly served as a state senator and Howard County Council member.

kittleman_6693j-cropped-hires[1]Howard County lands high on the “best places to live” lists for a host of reasons — a vigorous economy, excellent public services, premier library system, shared commitment to serving the less fortunate, and many others. All of these factors share one obvious common denominator: education.

Our excellent educational system is at the heart of so much of what makes this County great. Education also ranks at the top of my priorities as your new County Executive, because it is the key to ensuring a bright future for our children, our economy, and our entire community. I look forward to collaborating with Dr. Foose and other community leaders to raise our already enviable educational program to an even higher plane.

It is striking how closely the guiding principles, goals and strategies in the HCPSS strategic plan, Vision 2018, align with my overall vision for our county. We all share the responsibility for creating a climate where each and every child will thrive. By pooling our abundant resources in talent, compassion, determination, and capital, we will surely bring our shared vision to life.

I am well aware just how fortunate I am to take the helm of such a strong community that enjoys so many varied assets. I am eager to join HCPSS students, parents, teachers, school and system leaders, and every other member of the community in creating an even brighter future for us all.