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AEL Presentation to the Board of Education, Edie Picken
Anne Arundel County Council Meeting, May 10, 2021

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AEL Presentation to the January 5th BOE Meeting
President Edie Picken Speaks on First Night of Public Testimony on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

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In a recent meeting with Dr. Arlotto, AEL shared concerns expressed by many regarding the hybrid plan as it was presented at a recent Board meeting.  This information is available and regularly updated on the AACPS website.  What was presented at the Board meeting has been on the website.


Though we all have a great deal on our plates, and our workload is ever increasing, we need to make it habit to check the site regularly for updates. We should not expect to receive any notifications that changes have been made or new information added.

Below is the link for you below that takes you to the page.  You can also get there from the main page of the website.

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AEL Presentation to the Board (October 28, 2020)


April/May 2021 Newsletter


Joint Statement On Reopening Schools


Download AEL Agreement FY 21


AEL Leadership Forum Newsletter Information
AEL Newsletter Post Date

Here you go! These dates are when the upcoming AEL Leadership Forum newsletter will be posted on the website for you to access:

  • • October/November Oct. 5, 2020
  • • December/January Dec.7, 2020
  • • February/March Feb. 8, 2021
  • • April/May Apr. 5, 2021
  • • June/July June 7, 2021
  • • August/September Sept 6, 2021
  • • October/November Oct. 4, 2021
  • • December/January Dec. 6, 2021

AEL Leadership Forum Newsletter Article Due Dates
We want your voice! If you would like to submit an article to the newsletter, please submit your article to Denise Hofstedt at dmhofstedt@verizon.net on or before the dates of the corresponding issues. All articles will be reviewed prior to printing.

  • • September 21, 2020 for Oct/Nov issue
  • • November 16, 2020 for Dec/Jan issue (Due to Thanksgiving break get it in sooner)
  • • January 18, 2021 for Feb/Mar (Due to Christmas break get it in sooner)
  • • March 22, 2021 for April/May issue
  • • May 24, 2021 for June/July issue
  • • July 19, 2021 for Aug/Sept issue
  • • September 20, 2021 for Oct/Nov issue
  • • November 15, 2021 for Dec/Jan issue

Spring 2020 Election Results

First, let me say thank you to everyone who participated in AEL’s election process this year! There were more people nominating themselves for positions than in the past, which was fantastic. As you know, AEL represents Unit II employees, so membership and above all active participation is crucial. Again, thank you for such a wonderful level of participation in the election process.

Edie Picken


Cluster Representatives:


CR Annapolis: Jazmin Lawhorn
CR Arundel: Tracey Ahern
CR BOE: Nicole B. Howard
CR Broadneck: Arthur "Trip" Murphy
CR Chesapeake: Cortney DiSalvo
CR Crofton: OPEN
CR Glen Burnie: Edmund "Jed" Kling
CR Meade: Troy Herman
CR North County: B. Jeremy McNeil
CR Northeast: John Wojtila
CR Old Mill: Tracy Prater
CR Severna Park: Patrick Bathras
CR South River: Bret Wescott
CR Southern: Kevin Buckley
CR Special Centers: Olu Banmeke

Anyone from the Crofton High School Cluster interested in being a Cluster Representative, please contact Denise.

AEL members welcome to a new year!

Please be sure to check this website often for updated posting of information and events.  If you are a Unit II employee who has not joined AEL, please go to the "Membership" tab, download the application and submit it.  If  you are new to Unit II, you will also need to complete the TAAAC Withdrawal form along with the membership application.


executive board

The Executive Board conducts the business of AEL as proscribed by the By-laws of the Association.

As a result of a By-law change approved by the membership in June, 2008, the Executive Board will more than double in size with the addition of 14 Representative Directors; two elected by and representing non-building administrators and one each elected by and representing the 12 high school cluster or feeder systems.

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Legal representation Policy



AEL Executive Board Meeting Schedule:

Meetings will continue to be held virtually

  • • March 10, 2021
  • • April 14, 2021
  • • May 5, 2021
  • • June 9, 2021

Depending on where things are with COVID, meetings will be held virtually or combination virtual & office.

  • • July  21, 2021 – Executive Board Planning Meeting for 2021-2022
  • • August – No Meeting
  • • September 1, 2021
  • • October 6, 2021
  • • November 3, 2021
  • • December 1, 2021
  • • January 5, 2022
  • • February 2, 2022
  • • March 2, 2022
  • • April 6, 2022
  • • May 4, 2022
  • • June 1, 2022