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Somerset school board adopts Maryland mask mandate

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In a 3-2 vote, the Somerset County Board of Education passed a policy that will comply with the statewide mask mandate.

The board met virtually on Sept. 28 for the rescheduled open session of the Sept. 21 meeting, which was postponed after several people in attendance refused to wear masks.

Board members Penelope Nicholson, Troy Brittingham Jr. and Margo Green-Gale voted to approve the policy, while Caleb Shores and William McInturff voted against the policy.

Before the board voted, Nicholson asked board attorney Fulton Jefferson what the ramifications could be if the board went against the mandate.

The Somerset County Board of Education meets virtually on Sept. 28, 2021. The board voted to adopt the state mask mandate.

Jefferson said he believed the state could withhold funding and remove board members who voted against complying with the mandate.

Though Nicholson voted to adopt the mandate, she said she “shares the hope” that the mandate will be lifted soon. 

“We really don’t have a choice (in adopting the mandate),” Nicholson said.

Shores raised concerns that the Maryland State Board of Education is overreaching in its power.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service