Board of Education President Patricia O'Neill and Superintendent Jerry D. Weast released the following statement on the death of Stephen N. Abrams, who served three terms on the Montgomery County Board of Education:
"Steve Abrams was a tireless and relentless advocate for the students of Montgomery County and a true believer in enhancing the academic ability of all children. During his years on the Montgomery County Board of Education, Steve had the ability to look at issues from every side and spark meaningful discussions about structural changes in education. He was a forward-looking, out-of-the-box thinker that helped Montgomery County move its schools into the 21st century through the use of innovation and technology. Even after he left the Board of Education, Steve continued to be a strong advocate for the students and staff of Montgomery County Public Schools and his passion for education will be missed. On behalf of the Board of Education and the staff and students of MCPS, we offer our deepest sympathies to his wife, his family and friends during this very difficult time."