Just Prior to Retirement, BCPS Employee Creates Book Celebrating History of School System

Sale of book benefits current and future county students

TOWSON, MD. – E. Farrell Maddox, who will soon retire as supervisor of the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Visual Arts, is leaving behind a special gift in addition to his legacy as an arts educator and advocate.

Maddox has played a part in the incredible story of BCPS for nearly all his life. He began as a student, attending Chase Elementary School and Middle River Junior High School before graduating from Perry Hall High School. His professional career with BCPS began in 1980 with teaching art classes in Catonsville and Middle River junior high schools. He left the classroom to become visual arts supervisor in 2005.

Maddox’s most recent contribution to education in Baltimore County is the book Building the Future. With information compiled from hundreds of sources, this 276-page, full-color volume documents the school system’s 292-year history. Using photographs, blueprints, facts, and testimonials, Building the Future tells the story of the school system and the individual stories of all of its schools.

Regular editions of Building the Future, priced at $150 each, are available for sale from The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools. To purchase, please contact Debbie Phelps at dphelps@bcps.org or Bonnie Derda at bderda@bcps.org.

Proceeds of book sales will be used by The Education Foundation to support BCPS and its initiatives to prepare all students for success in the 21st century.

Additionally, each of the 100 copies of the Building the Future Legacy Edition is individually numbered and signed by current Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance as well as multiple former BCPS Superintendents. Those who selected the $1,992 Legacy Edition will be honored as Legacy Leaders in the BCPS Greenwood Society.

For more information about the book and about The Education Foundation, please visit www.educationfoundationbcps.org.