School Board Candidates Outline Diverse Priorities

March 13, 1992|By Elise Armacost | Elise Armacost,Staff writer

William H. Norman and Alan G. Levin want to make the high school daylonger.

Michael Pace believes "D" students shouldn't be able to play sports.

Francis A. DeBartolomeo would put "morality" back in public schools.

With 11 others, these candidates for two vacancies on the county school board aired their views at a press conference Wednesday marking the start of the school board nominating process.

The diversefield of candidates includes an attorney, a management consultant, acomputer software development manager, former teachers, and former Anne Arundel school superintendent, Robert C. Rice.

Rice, of Arnold, was superintendent from 1984 to 1988, when he resigned under pressure from the school board. As a board member, he said, he would be prepared to make "many complicated and unpopular decisions."

Besides Rice, the most controversial candidate may be DeBartolomeo, a Tracey's Landing father of six who, at a recent board meeting, spoke in favor of school prayer. He called Wednesday for a return to traditional morality.

Edward McCormack, a retired printer from Churchton and member of the Knights of Columbus South County Council, agreed, callingfor more discipline and "saved sex" rather than "safe sex."

County Executive Robert R. Neall, who will submit his own choices to the governor, has said he feels the board needs breadth beyond educators and parents. He prefers a candidate with a business background and is close to Pace, an attorney who served on his transition team in 1990.

Many of the candidates advocated more parental involvement at theboard level.

Elizabeth Greene of Hanover, the mother of two school-age children, said she'd include parents "at every possible level of school decision-making."

Greene and Joseph H. Foster, of Linthicum, are seeking the District 32 seat being vacated by Nancy W. Gist. The other 13 are competing for the at-large position held by Paul Greksa.

They include Maryellen Brady of Edgewater, director of the Owensville Medical Center; DeBartolomeo; Evelyn Kampmeyer of Severna Park, an educational consultant; Levin, of Crofton, a retired school principal; McCormack; and Norman, of Arnold, another retired principal who is vice president for administration of the YWCA of Anne Arundel County.

Ronn N. Nuger, a financial planner from Annapolis, also seeks the post, along with Pace; Rice; the Rev. George A. Stansbury of Annapolis; Joyce Sewell of Edgewater, a computer software developmentmanager; Margarett Whilden of Amberley, management consultant and former school administrator; and Arthur Willoughby of Jessup, engineering professor.

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