School Board Race Fields 14 Candidates

March 11, 1992|By Elise Armacost | Elise Armacost,Staff writer

Fourteen candidates vying for two county school board seats will be introduced tonight by County Executive Robert R. Neall.

The two most recognizable names on the list belong to Crofton attorney Michael A. Pace, a former adviser to Neall and former county executive O. James Lighthizer, and former county school superintendent Robert Rice, who headed the school system from 1984 to 1988, when he resigned underpressure from the school board.

The list of candidates to the 1992 School Board Nominating Convention also includes former school administrators and teachers, a clergyman, an industrial psychologist and several community and school activists.

Three of the candidates are being considered for the District 32 seat, now held by Nancy W. Gist. District 32 encompasses the Severn, Glen Burnie and Linthicum areas.

The other 11, including Pace and Rice, are competing for an at-large post being vacated by PaulGreksa.

The candidates will be introduced to the press at a 7 p.m. news conference at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

Beginning next month, four public hearings will be scheduled before the nominating convention casts a final vote on May 6, at Severna Park High School.

The convention will choose a winner and runner-up for each seat.Those names will be sent to the governor, along with recommendationsfrom Neall.

Louise Hayman, Neall's press secretary, said Pace will not receive special consideration despite his service on Neall's transition team, which helped the new administration take over county government in 1990. Earlier, Pace, a Republican, was chairman of the transition team for Lighthizer, who is now state transportation secretary.

"Bobby is very impressed with Mike Pace's abilities; he has great respect for him. But he has said he will go along with the recommendations of the nominating convention," Hayman said.

Neall wantscandidates with administrative and managerial experience on the school board, she said. "He believes the board needs some breadth beyond former educators and parents. If Mike Pace has an edge, it may be that he's one of the few businessmen."

Pace is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Trade Council, which has never been involved in the school board nominating process.

"We're talking about a $350 million corporation," Pace said of the school system. "We need to look at it more like running a company if we're going to convince the taxpayers of this county to support it."

Rice, an Arnold resident, left the schoolsystem four years ago without attempting to have his contract renewed, amid reports that a straw poll by the board showed he did not havesupport for a second four-year term.

Other candidates for the at-large seat are:

* Maryellen Brady of Edgewater, president of the London Towne Property Owners Association and executive director of theOwensville Medical Center. She has four children, ages 13 to 24, twoof whom went through the public school system.

Brady says she's interested in reforming the school system, which she believes is failing to provide "life skills."

* Evelyn Kampmeyer of Severna Park, aretired Pennsylvania high school principal now employed as an educational consultant. A Republican, she ran unsuccessfully for the House of Delegates, District 31, in 1990.

* Alan Levin of Crofton, a retired teacher and principal with 31 years' experience in county schools.

* Edward McCormack of Churchton, a retired printer. A grandfather of seven, he says he's concerned about morality among teens. In sex education classes, "the emphasis could be changed from 'safe sex' to 'saved sex,' " he says.

* William Norman of Arnold, retired county school employee with 28 years' experience as a teacher, principal and financial services director. He is now vice president for administration at the YMCA of Anne Arundel County.

* Ronn N. Nuger of Annapolis, a financial planner with a degree in developmental psychologyand education.

* Joyce Sewell of Edgewater, a manager in computersoftware development.

* The Rev. George A. Stansbury of Annapolis, pastor of St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Shady Side. He has seven children, five of whom went through county schools.

* Margarett Whilden of Amberley, an industrial psychologist serving as a management consultant. President of the Lower Broadneck Federation, sheis a former Colorado school administrator.

Candidates for the District 32 seat are:

* Elizabeth Greene of Harmans, an attorney and editor of the Harmans Woods newsletter.

* Joseph H. Foster of Linthicum, a Westinghouse manager active in school affairs. He has children in the sixth and ninth grades.

* Arthur W. Willoughby of the Fort Meade area.

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