Teachers union backs Stone in school board election

October 15, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The Carroll County Education Association has endorsed C. Scott Stone for the lone school board seat up for election Nov. 3.

Mr. Stone is challenging incumbent Cheryl A. McFalls, who is board president this year.

"We think he's extremely well prepared," said James Torretti, a math teacher at South Carroll High School and co-chairman of the teachers union's government relations committee.

"For someone who's never been involved with the Board of Education, he may be the best-prepared candidate I've seen in ages," Mr. Torretti said.

"I am pleased they chose to endorse me," Mr. Stone said. "It was gratifying."

The endorsement is based on Mr. Stone's knowledge of issues, willingness to consider all sides, accessibility to teachers, and experience as an engineer with American Telephone and Telegraph Co., Mr. Torretti said.

However, he said the scales tipped in Mr. Stone's favor when Mrs. McFalls declined a request from the committee to fill out a questionnaire on her views and to meet with members for an interview.

The Sun was unable to reach Mrs. McFalls by deadline last night.

"She did seek our endorsement, but she declined to take part in that process," Mr. Torretti said.

"She asked us to just consider her record," he added. "One of our concerns is we want someone who is going to be accessible to us and sit down and talk with us. That certainly did not help her cause."

The union endorses candidates in races that affect the school district, Mr. Torretti said.

This year, the school board race is the only one in which the members will make an endorsement, he said.

After the committee recommended Mr. Stone, a delegation of 42 teachers representing the 1,250 members voted 41-1 to endorse him.

"When we first met Scott many months ago, none of us knew him. We knew Cheryl would be his opponent, and Cheryl is well known," he said. "I personally wondered if Scott was going to be a viable candidate, and if he even had a chance."

Since then, however, he said he has seen Mr. Stone get to know many school employees, parents and other community members.

"I think he's electable," Mr. Torretti said.

The association has said it will concentrate on educating voters about Mr. Stone's qualifications.

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