A list of 53 is sent to mayor Schmoke to fill two vacancies on school board.

January 06, 1992|By Mark Bomster | Mark Bomster,Evening Sun Staff

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has been given a list of 53 prospective members of the city school board. The current members' terms all expired Dec. 31.

Under the city charter, the mayor has 120 days to fill the expired seats, while the current members remain in place.

Schmoke has not yet said when he will announce a new board lineup, or whether any of the seven current members would be replaced. The board has two vacancies.

But Osborne Dixon Jr., chairman of the school board nominating committee, said he anticipates some new faces on the board.

"It is expected that the mayor will make some few changes very shortly," said Dixon, who stressed that he has not talked specifically with Schmoke about any changes.

The list sent to Schmoke on Friday by the nominating committee includes a ranking based on interviews with the candidates.

The committee, which is a standing panel, compiled the list of potential members over a period of several years. A majority of names were gathered in the past two years, although a handful go back to 1986, said Dixon.

"As people turn up, we will add them to the list, and we will periodically cull out people who are no longer interested," said Dixon. Meanwhile, the committee continues to accept applications for the positions, which are unpaid.

"There are some sharp people on there," said Dixon of the list. "What our committee would like to see is more really sharp people come forward and say, 'I'm willing and able.' "

To be eligible for the school board, a person must have been a resident of the state for five years, a resident of the city for one year and not be a school department employee.

Anyone interested in applying should submit a resume and three letters of recommendation to Jacqueline Hardy, special assistant to the mayor, 200 E. North Ave., Baltimore 21202.

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