Retailer named to county school board John Barnhart replaces Ronald Jacoby on panel

Burch is reappointed

June 27, 1996|By Marego Athans | Marego Athans,STAFF WRITER

Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday named an Essex sporting goods merchant and county Planning Board member to a five-year term on the Baltimore County School Board.

H. John Barnhart, the Outdoor Sportsman Inc. owner who recently headed the Planning Board's comprehensive zoning efforts, will replace 10-year member Ronald L. Jacoby, who is not eligible for reappointment.

Glendening also reappointed Stephen A. Burch, 44, senior vice president of Comcast Cablevision's mid-Atlantic region, to a new five-year term. Burch joined the board in August. Still to be filled is a seat vacated by board President Calvin D. Disney, who resigned Friday.

County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, who said he had recommended people with business and budget experience to the governor, yesterday praised the appointments -- specifically Burch's "business acumen" and Barnhart's civic service.

"He's been a true leader," Ruppersberger said of Barnhart.

The governor's action circumvents the county's School Board Nominating Convention, which has recruited and nominated candidates for decades.

This year, the convention submitted six names; Barnhart and Burch were not among them because neither participated in the convention's application and public interviewing process.

"I'm not terribly happy, that's for sure," said Norman Macneal, the convention's president, after learning about the appointees. "I was left with the impression that the governor supported the school board nominating process."

But Macneal said the convention would continue its efforts.

Barnhart, 56, said he sees the current turmoil in the county's school facilities operation as "a challenge," and wouldn't name a single issue that needs particular attention. "I believe in getting involved first and learning the issues."

Barnhart, whose store sells mostly archery and fishing supplies, along with hunting guns and handguns, also owns Sports Realty, a real estate holding company, and Bow Hunters Challenge Inc., indoor archery ranges in Hagerstown and Essex. He lives in Middle River with his wife and the younger of two daughters, a teacher at Woodmoor Elementary. He is involved in a number of civic groups. He plans to give up his Planning Board seat because of time constraints.

"He adds an ideal sense of business to the board," said Sen. Michael J. Collins.

Rachel Brown, 17, a senior at Owings Mills High School who was the countywide student council president this year, was named by the governor to a one-year term as student member.

Each of the terms begins July 1.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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