10 in field for Baltimore County school board

March 28, 1995|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer

A cable television executive, an outspoken critic of Superintendent Stuart Berger and a retired county teacher are among 10 candidates for two vacancies on the Baltimore County school board.

The candidates -- including four previous nominees -- are beginning the selection process that will end with Gov. Parris N. Glendening's appointments this spring or summer. But he is not required to choose any of them.

School board candidates will talk about their qualifications and answer questions at a public forum scheduled for 8 p.m. April 5 at Ruxton Center, 6916 N. Charles St.

In May, the School Board Nominating Convention of Baltimore County, a grass-roots group made up of 138 community organizations, will recommend candidates for an at-large seat and for the Councilmanic District 3 seat, which are being vacated by Rosalie Hellman and Alan M. Leberknight, respectively, June 30.

Mrs. Hellman, who was board president for three terms, has served more than 12 years on the board and must retire. Mr. Leberknight, also a past president, is relinquishing his seat after one term because of personal obligations, among them a new position as dean of the School of Business and Economics at Towson State University.

As the board continues to struggle with change in county schools and considers rehiring Dr. Berger, whose contract expires in July 1996, these appointments are seen by some as pivotal on the 12-member board, which includes one student with limited voting rights.

When the two vacancies are filled, only four of the nine board members who hired Dr. Berger in 1992 will remain. Among the candidates, at least one -- Shirley Giberson of Upper Falls -- has been an outspoken opponent of the superintendent. She is the founder of PRIDE -- Parents Rights in Developing Education -- which criticized Dr. Berger and publicly stated it wanted to oust him and several board members perceived as sympathetic to him. The other candidates for the at-large seat are:

* Stephen A. Burch of Catonsville, a senior vice president for Comcast Cablevision, Mid-Atlantic Region.

* Marita J. Cush of Catonsville, production manager for McCormick & Co., a PTA activist and member of the Baltimore County District 1 Task Force, which has been fighting to alleviate crowded schools in the Catonsville area.

* John A. Hayden III, a partner in a Towson law firm who lives in Anneslie. He has been recommended twice previously for board appointment and has a long history of involvement in county schools.

* Michael P. Kennedy of Catonsville, a retired county teacher who now supervises student teachers at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Mr. Kennedy, who was also a board candidate last spring, was active in the Teachers Association of Baltimore County while employed by the schools.

* James T. Russell IV of Phoenix, marketing director for Contact U.S.A., a company that sells copyright products. He is a graduate of Baltimore County schools.

Candidates for the District 3 seat are:

* Sterling H. Chadwick of Lutherville, president of AT&T Automotive Services in Towson.

* Katharine A. Cohn of Timonium, who has served on many education committees and as a classroom volunteer.

* Laura Lange of Monkton, a senior vice president at Legg Mason Wood Walker brokerage firm.

* Richard C. Naden of Owings Mills, an accountant and PTA member.

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