2 On County School Board Not Seeking 2nd Terms

Gist, Greksa Step Aside

Panel Begins Seeking Replacements

January 17, 1992|By Deidre Nerreau McCabe | Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Staff writer

Two county school board members, whose seats are open this year, will not seek nominations for a second term.

Board members Nancy Gistand Paul Greksa, who are both eligible to serve a second five-year term, said separately that they wanted to pursue other activities within and without the school system.

"It's a marvelous service to the community," said Gist, 56, a retired assistant principal of Annapolis Senior High School. "But it pushes everything -- your church, your community, your home -- aside."

Although her work on the school board has been rewarding, Gist said, it's time for "some new blood." She plans to spend more time volunteering at her church and working at Quarterfield Elementary School when her granddaughter starts there next fall.

Greksa, a retired military corporal and county employee, said he wanted to work within theschool system on a project that encourages senior citizens to work as volunteers.

His desire to serve the community prompted him to seek a school board seat five years ago, he said, and will motivate himto stay involved when he finishes his current term this spring.

"I know it sounds corny," the 72-year-old Odenton resident said. "But society has been good to me. So I'm in the pay-back time of life. I say, if you're going to look for happiness, go help somebody."

The county School Board Nominating Committee is seeking delegates to its annual convention, during which two nominees will be selected for each open seat.

The nine-member nominating committee sends letters tomore than 1,000 county organizations of all types, asking each to send delegates to the convention. The number of delegates each group isallowed to send is based on the size of its membership.

Each participating group may nominate one candidate. Last year, about 175 groups participated in the convention and eight candidates were nominatedfor one open seat, committee Vice Chairman E. Joan Urbas said.

The nominating committee has scheduled three hearings, held in different parts of the county, for April 7, 16 and 22. All candidates addressthe delegates and answer questions. Each delegate must attend at least one hearing.

After the hearings, delegates vote on candidates at the May 6 convention, selecting two names for each available seat. Those names will be sent to County Executive Robert R. Neall, who forwards them, along with his recommendations, to the governor. The governor then appoints the new board members.

Although he is not obligated to accept one of the conventions nominees, he did last year, when Maureen Carr-York was appointed. In years past, governors have on occasion selected board members from outside the convention process, she said. Greksa, for example, did not participate in the process whenhe was appointed in 1987, but was appointed at the behest of former County Executive O. James Lighthizer.

The eight-member school board is made up of four district seats -- based on state legislative districts -- three at-large seats and one student seat.

The seat being vacated by Greksa is an at-large seat, which means the board membercan live anywhere in the county. Gist holds the District 32 seat, which encompasses Glen Burnie, Severn and other adjacent areas.

Urbas expects at least a dozen candidates to emerge this year due to the two open seats.

All candidates must be nominated through a participating organization by March 7, Urbas said. Organizations can continue to select delegates until the night of the convention, she said, but added that the committee would like to have as many delegates as possible signed up in advance.

For further information about the process and how to send delegates to the convention, call E. Joan Urbas at 437-8798.

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