The county Board of Education elected John D. Myers Jr. president during its annual reorganization meeting last week.
Myers, who has served on the board since 1982 and has held the president's post before, replaces T. Edward Lippy, who chose not to run for re-election last fall after serving on the board for almost two decades.
"I'm looking forward to the future," Myers said.
In stepping down, Lippy, who was initially appointed to the board by former Gov. Marvin Mandel in 1971, said, "It's been a privilege for me to serve onthe board."
The five-member board elected Cheryl A. McFalls vice president, succeeding Carolyn L. Scott.
The election of McFalls, who was elected to a six-year term on the board in 1986, marks the first time she has served as an officer on the board.
"I really was pleased the rest of the board voted unanimously for me as vice president," McFalls said. "But being president or vice president gives you no more authority on the board than any other board member. We all have one vote and each will have the same amount of authority."
Thenew year also meant new faces on the board. Both Ann M. Ballard, an active school and community member from Mount Airy, and Joseph D. Mish Jr., a retired Carroll teacher from Sykesville, were seated as new members.
Ballard defeated longtime board member Robert L. Fletcher, a two-term incumbent, by a slim margin in the November election.
Ballard and Mish's first meeting included a sometimes emotional public debate on a redistricting proposal for the elementary attendancearea in the northeastern part of the county.
Said McFalls: "I feel very good about the new board. I was impressed with Mrs. Ballard and Mr. Mish and their willingness to make a decision on something as emotional as redistricting. They were willing to go ahead and make that decision so we can get on with other business."