Carroll voters have a very clear choice in the non-partisan race to fill two seats on the county's Board of Education. They can vote for candidates who see their mission as maintaining and improving the county's high-quality system or for candidates who seem preoccupied with finding fault with all aspects of the school system, from curriculum to counseling.
The school system is far from perfect. Yet incumbent president Carolyn L. Scott has been a thoughtful moderate on the board who deserves to be returned to office. Rather than approach problems with preconceived solutions and an ideological chip on her shoulder, Mrs. Scott has employed careful study and reasoning before reaching conclusions on issues. During her six-year tenure on the board, she has been a voice of moderation. As president, she made sure the body operated in a collegial rather than a confrontational fashion. Mrs. Scott deserves another term.
For the other open seat, we endorse Carole M. Pecoraro, who has campaigned as a moderate interested in strengthening the academic curriculum as well as the school board's communication with citizens. She also understands the limits of the school board: While the board has the power to deal with issues such as student discipline, she will not use the board as a forum to score political points by railing against selected educational theories and practices. Mrs. Pecoraro also believes that the school board should not be a rubber stamp and will disagree with the administration when she feels it's warranted.
While candidate Laura E. Albers has been an energetic volunteer in county schools and a close observer of the school board, her antagonistic and confrontational attitude would divide the board and divert it from the business at hand -- ensuring the best education possible for Carroll students.
The remaining candidate, Gary W. Bauer, a vocal opponent of "exit outcomes," looks at educational issues through a narrow ideological and political scope. Last fall, he argued that Carroll's exit outcomes were part of a federal conspiracy to collect psychological data on individual students -- even though county citizens and educators developed the new curriculum. Mr. Bauer would contribute little of serious consequence to the board's deliberations.
0$ Monday: County state's attorney.