Eight To Vie For Four Slots On Nov. Ballot

March 01, 1992|By Donna Boller | Donna Boller,Staff writer

Eight school board candidates will compete in Tuesday's primary for four slots on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

The top four vote-getters in the primary will face each other in November for the twoboard seats being vacated by Karen B. Campbell and Ruth Y. Hutchinson.

The five school board members serve staggered six-year terms. Thepost is non-partisan, which means that candidates' names appear on the ballot without party affiliation.

DELROY L. CORNICK SR.

Age: 63

Residence: Kings Contrivance, Columbia; 22-year county resident.

Occupation: Retired in December as professor of management, MorganState University. Also has served as associate superintendent of Washington public schools, and director of training for the OccupationalSafety and Health Administration.

Education: Bachelor's degree ineconomics, Ripon College; master's degree in technology of management, American University; doctorate in financial management, training and organizational development, University of Southern California.

Family: Wife, Janet, teaches business education at Hammond High School. Daughter Lisa Hayes works for Gannett Co. Daughter Susan Allen is a law student at University of Pennsylvania. Son Delroy Jr. is a seventh-grader at Patuxent Valley Middle School.

Why should people vote for you? Cornick cited his administrative experience in education and finance, his teaching experience as a college professor and as a teacher of local school management at the D.C. Teachers College (now UDC). He said he has evaluated products of Maryland schools as a member of Sen. Barbara Mikulski's review board for military academy nominations.

"One of the things I have always prided myself on is askingtough questions, because I spent most of my life as a budget officerand college professor."

If additional budget cuts become necessary, where would you cut? "To really get at meaningful cuts, I think the school system needs to look at structural reorganization. . . . We need to look at the structure and see if there are better and more efficient ways to deliver the services. There might be permanent reductions (in non-teaching staff). I really don't like the piecemeal, nitpicking ways of altering the budget."

If you could accomplish just one thing in your six-year term on the board, what would it be?

"Iwould like to see the administration develop a system of responsibility and accountability at the local school level."

The school-based management plan must include resources and authority to do the job,not accountability without authority, he said.

RICHMOND LANEY

Age: 34

Residence: Ellicott City; four-year county resident.

Occupation: Engineer employed by MLA, a Montgomery County consulting company. Former Westinghouse engineer.

Education: Bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering, Brigham Young University.

Family: Wife,Susan, is a day-care provider. They have five children, four in county schools and one 2-year-old.

Why should people vote for you?

"If they agree with what I've been saying and they believe I'll represent their interests, they should vote for me. If they don't feel that way, maybe they shouldn't vote for me."

If further budget cuts become necessary, where would you cut?"If we had to cut jobs, I would cut them in administration."

He said he would also end the board'slegal services contract with Reese and Carney and hire a single full-time attorney, a move he believes would save "several hundred thousand dollars." Laney has an appeal pending against the county school board before the State Board of Education, but said his proposal "is not related just to this appeal. It's just a cost measure."

His appeal concerns a fight between his son and another student. Both boys were suspended from school for the rest of the day of the fight, a measure upheld by Superintendent Michael E. Hickey and the board.

If you could accomplish just one thing during your term on the board, what would it be?

"One thing I'd like to do -- and this gets back to the core of the school system -- I'd like to change the way the school system does business and bring parents more into the decision-making process."

LINDA L. JOHNSTON

(no relation to Jerry Johnston)

Age: 49

Residence: Resident of Kings Contrivance, Columbia; 12-yearcounty resident.

Occupation: Associate professor of health education at Howard Community College. Has taught in elementary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania, New York and California.

Education: Bachelor's degree in health education, Slippery Rock State University; master's degree in education, Penn State University.

Family: Husband, Bill, is president of United Information Systems Inc., Beltsville. Daughter Karlyn is a student at West Virginia University. Son Derekis a student at Western Maryland College.

Why should people vote for you?

"I have 22 years' experience in education and a master's degree in education and graduate work in policy science. I feel that my education and experience will enable me to make informed and logical decisions."

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