WASHINGTON — After a 35-year career, Elmer Wolfe Elementary Principal Gilman L. Williar will retire June 30.
His retirement was accepted by the Board of Education at its meeting Wednesday, along with that of Carroll County Career and Technology Center Principal Robert L. Gebhardt, whohas worked in Carroll schools for 21 years.
Also retiring are Ethel Stambaugh, a third-grade teacher at ElmerWolfe, after 26 years; Robert J. Clark, a mechanic, after nine years; Maxine P. Kennedy, instructional assistant at Elmer Wolfe, after 17years; and Carroll L. Logue, a custodian at Westminster High School,after 21 years.
SCHNORR TO OPEN SCHOOL
Robert Moton Elementary Principal Curtis Schnorr will be the principal who opens Friendship Valley in Westminster this fall, after formal appointment by the school board Wednesday.
Superintendent R. Edward Shilling said Schnorr will continue to be responsible for Robert Moton this year, while preparing for the opening of the new school.
The board also voted to:
* Award a contract for $6,081,500 to Triangle General Contractors Inc. of Hanover, Md., to build Runnymede Elementary School outside Taneytown.
* Keep Wooden and Benson of Baltimore as the board's independent auditors, for a negotiated fee not to exceed $28,000, which is$1,500 less than last year's fee.
* Accept a deed for additional property purchased by the county last month near the Mechanics- villeElementary School. The county bought the 16.36 acres from Herman M. Hoff for $163,590. The land is needed to develop drain fields and a septic system, and for some athletic field development.
* Adopt a policy that formally spells out how teachers and other staff may report state-mandated test scores and materials.
Board President CherylMcFalls said she thought it was unusual to have a policy spelling out practices that teachers already perform, "because they are ethical people." However, the state requires schools to have such a policy, Shilling said.
SUMMER SCHOOL FEE UP
The Board of Education voted toincrease summer school tuition to $75 for each course, but the fee could go up to $100 if the school system 1993 budget request is cut more than 25 percent.
Summer school rates last year were $60 a class.
Students who live outside the county may take summer classes here for $150 per course. Howard County students, however, could take classes in Carroll and still pay less than the $160 their own school system would charge them.
A RUBBER CHECK FOR BYRON
WASHINGTON -- Lame duck Rep. Beverly B. Byron disclosed Thursday she had bounced one check at the scandal-plagued House bank.
"I don't think we're talking about chronic check-bouncing," said the conservative Democrat, who joined most House members in voting, 426-0, to make public the names of all 355 current and former members who took advantage of free overdrafts at the now-defunct bank. "I checked my balance every month."
Byron, who lost the Democratic primary to Del. Thomas Hattery, would not disclose the amount of the check she bounced last July, but said she mistakenly believed paychecks cleared at the end of month instead of the start of the following month. Byron said she learned of the overdraft in the "last couple months" when sheinquired about her records but did not disclose the error until Thursday.
She said she kept her money in commercial banks and used theHouse bank only as a way station for her paychecks.
BUDGET HEARING IS SET
MANCHESTER -- Now that the council is set on hiring a town manager by the beginning of the next fiscal year,its members can break out the budget workbooks and get down to work.
At its second budget work session on the fiscal 1993 budget, the council will turn its attention to revenue and the tax rate at 7 p.m.next Wednesday.
During last week's regular council meeting, six candidates for the clerk-treasurer position were interviewed. The council expects to hire a replacement for outgoing clerk-treasurer Kathryn L. Riley by the end of this month.
The work session is expected to last about two hours and is in the council chambers at Town Hall on York Street.
CHARTER BOARD MEETS
The Carroll County Charter Board is expected to receive a recommendation from one of its committees Tuesday on whether the county needs an executive or an appointed manager.
The subcommittee on the executive branch consists of Walter C. Bay, Barbara S.F. Pease and Richard Yates.
During a reorganization meeting last week, the board, with three new members elected during the March 3 primary, chose Democrat Bay and Jon Buck, a Republican,as the board's co-chairs. Pease was re-elected as secretary.
An effort to choose the largest vote-getters of each party as the board'sco-chairs failed. Each of the board's three new members were assigned to two of the six subcommittees, which also include budget and finance, administration and personnel.