School board member works in Christian school

August 23, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Faith Christian School will begin its fourth year this fall with a Carroll County Board of Education member as its new educational director.

Joseph D. Mish Jr., 53, will remain a member of the school board. A social studies teacher for 25 years, he retired from Carroll schools in 1990, just before he was elected to the board.

He is active in his church, Ascension Episcopal in Westminster, and with the Carroll County chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship. He lives in Sykesville with his wife, Lisa Mish.

Mr. Mish began his new job in April at the school, at 30 N. Cranberry Road, Westminster.

He said he does not foresee any conflict of interest between that post and his position on the Board of Education.

If he felt there was any conflict, he said, "I'd resign one job or the other. But I don't foresee anything."

He said the two responsibilities are distinct.

"It's two entirely different things," he said. "In the public school system, we have to, by law, provide for all students. Private schools appeal to a particular clientele.

"We're not going to be advertising, 'Take your children out of Godless schools' or anything like that," Mr. Mish said.

He said that more parents in Carroll County are seeking private Christian educations for their children, particularly working parents with preschool children.

"Some of them want more than day care" and appreciate the Christian teaching their children receive, he said.

Faith Christian School is affiliated with First Assembly of God but does not require any particular religious affiliation, Mr. Mish said.

The school was founded three years ago by Jan Sheble, who remained the director until March.

Enrollment for the fall is 134 children in preschool through second grade. The school plans to add a grade each year at least up to middle school, Mr. Mish said.

Two new teachers at the school this year are Wendi Bangerd, who has three years of experience in county schools, and Percilla Anne "Annie" Felton, who has two years of Christian school experience and additional experience in day care.

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