Educational matters that affect Somerset County come under the control of the Board of Education (Code Education Article, secs. 4-101 through 4-126).

The Board is composed of seven members. Five are elected by the voters to four-year terms (Code Election Law Article, secs. 8-801 through 8-806). Chosen by school student bodies, two nonvoting student members serve a one-year term (Code Education Article, secs. 3-101 through 3-105; 3-1201 through 3-1204).


The Superintendent of Schools administers the Somerset County Public School System, and serves as executive officer, secretary, and treasurer of the Board of Education (Code Education Article, secs. 4-102; 4-201 through 4-206).

With the approval of the State Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education appoints the Superintendent of Schools to four-year terms.


The Somerset County Library System, based at Princess Anne, has branch libraries at Crisfield and on Smith Island at Ewell. The oldest of these is the Crisfield Library first organized about 1910. Originally located in a storeroom, the library moved into City Hall by 1923, and to its present location where it was dedicated in 1930 as the Lilyan Stratton Corbin Memorial Library.

From 1914 the Princess Anne Library was housed in the town railway station. It moved to East Prince William Street in 1959, and to Beechwood Street in 1988 when the present building was dedicated.

The Somerset County Library System was created in 1967 to join the libraries at Crisfield and Princess Anne.

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