3 more people file to run for county school board

June 15, 1994|By Anne Haddad and Kerry O'Rourke | Anne Haddad and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writers

Three new candidates have filed to run for the Carroll County school board in November.

Michael R. Baker, Deborah J. Paisie and Deborah J. Winter join three other challengers: Gary V. Bauer, Laura E. Albers and Carole M. "Cyd" Pecoraro.

Two seats are up for election. Incumbent Carolyn L. Scott is seeking re-election; John D. Myers Jr. has not said whether he will run again.

Although they raised other issues, the candidates all have something to say about outcomes-based education, a concept Carroll County schools are using. Educators say the philosophy is based on specifying what students should know by the time they complete a unit, course or grade level. Exit outcomes refer to what students should know by the time they graduate.

Ms. Winter, a nurse at Carroll County General, opposes outcomes-based education. She said that it may have looked good on paper, but it isn't working in the classroom.

Mr. Baker said that the concept has some good points and some bad ones. He said that he believes it encroaches on the morals and values that should be taught at home and that schools need to get back to basics. He is a senior administrator with Genesis Health Care, which runs nursing and rehabilitation centers around the country.

Ms. Paisie said that she became a supporter of outcomes-based education once she learned more about it and believes it will lead to students who know how to apply what they learn in school.

Ms. Paisie works for Vanmar Associates, a civil engineering firm in Mount Airy, and is also taking courses toward a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

The candidates raised other issues that prompted them to run.

Ms. Winter, 32, of Finksburg, said she wants to be an advocate for students and teachers. Because she and her husband work weekends, they have time to spend about 20 hours a week in their children's classrooms.

Her husband, Nelson Winter Jr., is a nurse at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. They have three children, two of whom attend Faith Christian School in Westminster.

Ms. Winter said that schools should shift money to have smaller classes, stress "hard-core phonics" and spelling, and group children by ability. "I'm running strictly on classroom issues," she said.

Mrs. Winter said that she and her husband have tried to make changes in the schools by joining committees, but that she feels she must be involved at a higher level to make a difference. She is treasurer of the Sandymount Elementary School PTA.

Ms. Paisie, 42, also has been active in schools and parent organizations. She is vice president of the Learning Disabilities Association of Carroll County, a past president of the Mount Airy Elementary School PTA and past vice president of the Mount Airy Jaycees.

The mother of two, she is married to John Paisie, a sheet metal worker at Celtic Inc. in College Park.

"I meet a lot of people and they're always concerned about the schools," she said.

"I have a campaign slogan -- 'Put the public back in public schools.' "

She said she would like to see more public forums on educational issues before the school board votes, and perhaps a monthly newsletter alerting parents to what will be discussed at school board meetings.

She would like to see more senior citizens, business people and farmers involved in schools, she said.

Ms. Paisie said she supports the concept of exit outcomes because of her experience in hiring people for her firm. These young people had good grades from Carroll schools but were lacking in many job skills.

"To me, exit outcomes means when you exit out of school, you should have reached this level of education. And I don't mean just knowledge. If you can't apply the knowledge, it's useless," she said.

Mr. Baker, 55, has been active politically in Baltimore County and is the only one of the three most recently announced candidates to run for office before. He ran in 1974 for a seat on the Baltimore County Council, but lost by 23 votes. He also has been elected to the Baltimore County Central Republican Committee.

He has been active in other campaigns, including that of Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden.

He has lived in Carroll County for five years.

"One of the largest 'businesses' in Carroll County is the Board of Education," Mr. Baker said. "This educational system of any county, especially Carroll County, is critical to its economic development. It's a must if major companies are going to locate in the county.

"I think the Board of Education should be run like a business," he said. "The process of education should start in the classroom, not the board room."

Mr. Baker said schools should "teach fundamental values, not take over moral and social responsibilities of families or society."

He said he would like to see more board meetings at night, when parents may more conveniently attend.

The father of two grown children, he is married to Jeanne Baker, a nurse at Stella Maris Hospice in Towson.

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