1993 to be remembered as tame year for scandal CARROLL COUNTY: THE YEAR IN REVIEW

January 03, 1994|By Staff Report

One school closed, one was sick and another twice failed to open on schedule.

Carroll residents suffered from and responded to severe weather.

And several prominent public officials retired, resigned or were fired.

No major scandals surfaced in Carroll County in 1993, and the political scene was relatively harmonious -- with the exception of Manchester.

The year also saw two triple-fatality traffic accidents, a drug-related shooting and a double homicide.

Here, in no particular order, are some of the year's top stories:

Schools

* Parents complained that Sykesville Middle School was grossly overcrowded and urged the county commissioners to speed construction of the planned Oklahoma Road Middle School.

The state declined to finance the construction and school officials appealed the decision as the year ended. But the commissioners said they would try to build the school with county money if the state doesn't come through. Meanwhile, the opening of Runnymede Elementary near Taneytown was delayed twice because of construction problems; it probably will not open until next month.

Uniontown Elementary closed for good in June (its students were transferred to Runnymede); construction started on a replacement middle school in New Windsor; and parents from several area parishes proposed building, in Eldersburg, the first new Catholic high school in the Baltimore archdiocese since 1966.

* The Board of Education approved a list of seven "exit outcomes," a guiding philosophy of what students will be expected to know, do and be like when they complete school. Teachers are continuing to define how they will instruct with a focus on the outcome, rather than the facts teachers provide students.

The approval of the exit outcomes led to the formation of two groups -- Carroll County Citizens for Quality Education, which opposes the outcomes approach, and PROBE, or Parents Responding to Outcome-Based Education, which supports it.

* Bacteria-laden carpeting in several classrooms at Mount Airy Elementary was removed after some parents complained their children were constantly sick. School and health officials tested the air and water in classrooms in older sections of the building and continue to monitor the situation.

Weather

* Two people died of heart attacks while shoveling snow, and state, county, school and municipal governments spent hundreds of thousands of dollars cleaning roads after a blizzard dumped up to 20 inches of snow on the county March 13.

Schools were closed for a week, some roads were closed for five days, workers battled drifts reported to be as deep as 16 feet, and the Taneytown municipal water supply was nearly drained after a roof collapsed at Ingersoll-Dresser Pump and set off a building's sprinkler system.

* Citizens and leaders throughout Carroll joined to help Midwestern residents devastated by massive summer flooding. The usual strategy was to adopt an area in the Midwest and supply residents with food, farm supplies, cleaning supplies, Christmas presents, money and, in some cases, letters of encouragement.

The county and Hampstead adopted Hancock County, Ill.; Mount Airy adopted Alexandria, Mo.; Westminster adopted Crystal City, and Winfield residents came to the aid of sister city Winfield, Mo. Several groups made visits to the Midwest in December to deliver the goods.

Some come, some go

* Jack A. Gullo Jr., a 25-year-old law school graduate and son of prominent New Windsor residents Jack and Diane Gullo, defeated 18-year-old Matthew Purkins in the town's mayoral race to become the youngest elected mayor in county history and the youngest sitting mayor in the state.

He made news early in his tenure by helping to set up a neighborhood watch program, organized a committee to supply entertainment for youth of the town, battled the school board for water and sewer hookup fees for the new New Windsor Middle School, and retired longtime town Clerk-Treasurer Richard Warehime.

* Mr. Warehime, who served for 45 years in his job, wasn't the only longtime county employee or politician out of work. Taneytown City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. was fired by the City Council after 18 months on the job.

Mr. Mangini said city officials accused him of improper dealings with a local developer, charges he denied.

After bringing Carroll Transit System Inc. back from the brink of closing, Executive Director Linda Boyer announced in December her plans to resign to run for Frederick County commissioner.

* In January, three-term Sykesville Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. announced he would not seek a fourth term. Although Mr. Helt kept his law office on Main Street, he moved to Westminster with his family. Kenneth W. Clark was elected Sykesville mayor.

Carroll County Public Library Director Martha M. Makosky, who worked for the system for 27 years, retired in June and was replaced by Linda Mielke from the Anne Arundel County Public Library.

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