School Board Vacancies Draw Inquiries

April 26, 1992|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer

The deadline for obtaining applications to apply for the two open seats on the Board of Education is tomorrow -- and so far there has been spirited interest by possible candidates.

As of Friday, 12 people had inquired about the two vacancies on Harford County's Board of Education, a spokeswoman for the Harford County Permanent Nominating Caucus said last week.

The deadline for applications to be received is May 6.

The caucus, which has been in existence for 32 years, makes recommendations on school board appointments to Gov. William Donald Schaefer but has no binding authority.

"There's no way right now to know if the 12 people who have inquired about the vacancies will follow through," said Dee Shuette, co-president of the caucus.

"If they haven't returned their written responses to our questionnaires by May 6, I'll callto see if they're still seeking the appointments," said Shuette.

She said the caucus would meet at 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Bel Air United Methodist Church to explain the nominating procedure to candidates.The caucus will interview the candidates May 21 and vote immediatelyafterward, she said.

"We don't really have any formal power, but the governor almost always goes along with our recommendations," saidShuette.

"Regardless of whether we have any clout, the caucus is a vehicle of communication between those who care about education andthose who will serve on the board. Without the caucus, these people would be just names in the paper. This way, people can talk to them, see them and hear them."

The governor must make a decision on the appointments by June 30 to fill vacancies left by Richard C. Molinaroand Violet Merryman, said Shuette.

After the candidates are interviewed May 21, the caucus will vote and submit the first and second choices for each vacancy to the governor. Traditionally, the governor has appointed the caucus' nominees, said Shuette.

"In the last 10 or 15 years, only one appointment was contested, and they took our second choice."

The caucus is made up of non-partisan, non-profit volunteer groups, each of which receive two delegate votes. Some of thegroups within the caucus are church groups, community organizations and clubs and the League of Women Voters, said Shuette.

If you're interested in the vacancies, or if your group wants to become a member of the caucus, contact Shuette at 692-5563.

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