Board of Education

at Queen Anne's County Public Schools

Welcome to the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education!

Board of Education Handbook

Board Members

The members of the Board of Education of Queen Anne’s County are publicly elected. Policies set by the Board are administered by the Superintendent of Schools, who serves as the Executive Officer of the Board. Board Members attend all public sessions of the Board. Special sessions are held as needed.

To contact a board member, please write to:

Queen Anne’s County Board of Education 

202 Chesterfield Avenue

Centreville, Maryland 21617

Email addresses for each Board Member are also provided below.

Helen Bennett
Shannon Bent
Marc Schiffanelli

Helen Bennett
Board President
District 3
2020 – 2024
[email protected]

Shannon Bent
Board Vice President
District 1
2022 – 2026
[email protected]

Marc Schifanelli
Board Member
District 4
2020 – 2024
[email protected]

Richard Smith
Alexis Capes

Richard Smith
Board Member

District 2
2022 – 2024
[email protected]

Alexis Capes
Member at Large

2022 – 2026
[email protected]

2023-2024 Student Board Members:
KIHS – Cody Sandefer
QACHS – Ney Fen Swirri Forti

Superintendent & Leadership

Dr. Patricia Saelens

Dr. Patricia Saelens

[email protected]

Dr. Matthew Kibler

Dr. Matthew Kibler
Assistant Superintendent
[email protected]

Sid Pinder photo

Sid Pinder, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]

Whitney Gast, CFO

Whitney Gast
Chief Financial Officer

[email protected]

Michael Noel

Dr. Michael Noel
Director of Human Resources
[email protected]

Board Meetings

The School Board Agenda is created by the Superintendent and approved by the Board President. Individuals may request a specific topic be added to the formal agenda. Requests should be made to the Superintendent of Schools ([email protected]) at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.

Meeting Schedule

Citizens may attend meetings in person or view a live stream. Live streams are available on the QACTV Facebook page,, and ABB Cable Channel 7. Recordings of past meetings are also available on the QACPS YouTube channel.

  • Closed Sessions start at 4:00 or 4:30 p.m.
  • Board of Education Meetings (1st Wednesday of each month) start at 6:00 PM
  • Work Sessions (3rd Wednesday of each month) start at 5:00 PM
  • All dates and times are subject to change; please check the website or call Kari Denis at 410-758-2403 ext. 126 to confirm.
  • Meetings take place at the QACPS Board of Education Building (202 Chesterfield Ave., Centreville, MD 21617)

Citizen Participation

Queen Anne’s County citizens are encouraged to attend Board meetings and may address the Board at the beginning of each meeting during the “Open Forum.”

If you are unable to attend the monthly board meeting in person, please submit your statement to [email protected]. Please keep in mind all comments must be under three minutes in length and follow the guidelines established by the QAC BOE.

Guidelines for speaking during regular monthly Board meetings:

  • Speakers should sign the roster including their telephone number and address.
  • Comments should be limited to three minutes in length.  Comments longer than three minutes should be submitted in writing.
  • Statements to the Board should relate to a matter of general policy over which the Board has authority.
  • Comments about actions or statements of individual staff members are not appropriate for Public Comment and should be referred to the Superintendent of Schools or Board President.

If you have a specific question, the Board will make sure an appropriate staff member responds to your question. The Board respects your desire and right to convey your message freely but asks as a courtesy to this Board and our citizens to show respect for all.

Monthly Meeting Newsletter


QACPS posts all Board meeting agendas, supplementary documents, and meeting minutes on BoardDocs. 

Appeals Guide

The purpose of the Appeals Guide is to provide the rules of procedure for all appeals to the Board of Education of Queen Anne’s County. 

Ethics & Policy Panel

The Queen Anne’s County Board of Education has adopted regulations for the purpose of defining and prohibiting certain conflicts; defining gifts and requiring financial disclosure; regulating and requiring reporting of certain lobbying activities, and creating a Queen Anne’s County School System Ethics Panel.

Contact the Ethics Panel

Queen Anne’s County Board of Education
c/o Kari Denis, Executive Secretary
202 Chesterfield Avenue
Centreville, MD 21617
Contact: [email protected] | 410-758-2403 ext. 126
Four Year Policy Calendar Review

Ethics Panel Members

L.C. Lawrence – Terms Expires June 30, 2023

Natalie Veeney – Term Expires June 30, 2024

Nicholas Deoudes – Term Expires June 30, 2025

Ethics Policy

QACPS Financial Disclosure Short Form

QACPS Financial Disclosure Long Form

Citizen Advisory Committees

Education Article §4–112 requires that each county board establish at least one citizen advisory committee.  The Queen Anne’s County Board of Education believes that the school system is strengthened when community members are actively engaged.  Citizen advisory committees are an effective means for the board to be advised on matters including but not limited to: policy review, school calendar, system data review, budget, strategic plan review, and the review of the implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future in Queen Anne’s County.

QACPS has both a Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) and a School System Improvement Committee (SSIC) that it operates under the Citizens Advisory Committees Policy and accompanying Regulation.  The CAC is made up of one parent or guardian from each school, five board appointed community members, a board member, and the superintendent’s designee who facilitates the meetings.  The SSIC is made up of one teacher representative from each school, three administrators, a board member, and the superintendent’s designee.  The committees each meet six times per year.

Meeting Dates for the 2023-2024 School Year:

September 27thAgenda and Minutes
October 24thAgenda and Minutes
November 29thAgenda and Minutes
January 31stAgenda and Minutes
February 27thAgenda and Minutes
April 17thAgenda and Minutes

All SSIC meetings begin at 4:15 pm and the CAC meetings begin at 6:30 pm

Please reach out to Dr. Matthew Kibler, [email protected], if you have additional questions about the Citizen Advisory Committees.

The Special Education Department also has a Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee.  More information on that committee can be found on the Special Education webpage.

Budget Calendar

The budget cycle for QACPS takes place over several months. Budget meetings are open to the public. Additional information is available in BoardDocs.

FY 2024 – 2025 Budget Development Calendar