Scott seeks re-election to board

April 19, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

Incumbent Carolyn L. Scott will run for a second term on the Carroll County Board of Education, facing at least two challengers so far for the two available seats.

John D. Myers, the other incumbent, said he has not decided whether he will run.

Ms. Scott yesterday filed for re-election. She was elected to a six-year term in 1988. State law has since limited school board terms to four years.

"I believe it's an extremely important job," she said. "I feel I've gained the experience on the board all these years, and I feel it's my responsibility to use that experience for the good of the county."

Ms. Scott said county schools are in a critical period, keeping up with growth while trying to improve an already-good performance.

Also running are Gary V. Bauer of Hampstead and Laura E. Albers of Woodbine. Both have been vocal critics of the current board and its position on outcomes-based education.

Carole M. "Cyd" Pecoraro of Westminster has said she will file in May for a seat on the board.

Ms. Scott has supported the outcomes approach, a nationwide trend that focuses on specifying what students should know by the time they finish their schooling or a course and aligns everything schools do to achieve those goals.

"If we're going to move in the right direction, we have to know where we're going," Ms. Scott said. "[Outcomes] tell us what we want students to know when they graduate, when they finish a grade or when they finish a day's lesson. That's exit outcomes."

"Exit outcomes" is a phrase that refers to seven broad goals the school board adopted in May 1993. The board's goals include making students "able communicators" and "lifelong learners."

Ms. Scott said the process that the schools have used includes much community participation in drafting the outcomes expected of students.

"We met in public sessions in the evening to discuss these," she said. "We developed the Carroll County school improvement plan, and out of that came exit outcomes."

Ms. Scott, 48, is a registered Republican, but the school board elections are nonpartisan. Her bid for the board in 1988 was the only time she has run for public office.

She has worked as a writer and editor for Western Maryland College, California Test Bureau/McGraw-Hill and the Baltimore Culinary Arts Institute. She taught in the eighth grade for a year in New Jersey.

She has been involved with the administrative board at Westminster United Methodist Church, and is a former trustee of Western Maryland College, the Carroll County Children's Fund and the Carroll County Attorney Grievance Commission.

Ms. Scott was president of the school board last year and has been active with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education.

She and her husband, Robert T. Scott, an orthodontist, live on Old Taneytown Road in Westminster.

Ms. Scott has two children, Allison Ingalls, 23, and Andy Ingalls, 20; and two stepchildren, David Scott, 22, and Suzanne Scott, 17. Except for Suzanne, all her children graduated from Carroll County public schools.

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