2 named to county school board Rudolph and White begin terms on Monday

June 27, 1996|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Paul G. Rudolph, the popular choice of the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention to represent the Severna Park-Crofton area, and Meade High School senior class president Steven White were named yesterday to the school board.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening made the appointments, which take effect Monday. Rudolph's term is five years, and White's term lasts one year. A third appointment to the eight-member board, to replace Thomas Twombly of Pasadena, who quit last week, will be decided in the coming weeks, said a spokesman for the governor.

Rudolph, 64, who retired after a 39-year career with the Westinghouse Electric Corp., pledged to "crunch my own numbers" and to make the board a full-time post if necessary.

An issue of major concern to him is technology in the schools, something Glendening has highlighted as well.

Rudolph has been involved at Severna Park High School, where his daughters attended.

He had the support of County Executive John G. Gary to fill the District 33 seat being vacated by Maureen Carr York, who chose not to seek a second term.

Anne Arundel County has the nation's only student board member with full voting rights.

White, 17, was recommended by his peers in a vote of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils. The governor usually follows the students' recommendations.

During his campaign, White called for alternatives such as year-round schools and longer school days.

"We need to create a strong foundation for higher education, law-abiding citizenship and productive employment," he said. "People seem to be very apprehensive about moving on. We've got to try new things."

He is a petty officer second class in the Naval Academy Sea Cadet Corps at Meade and a member of the varsity soccer team. He lives in Harmans Woods, with his parents and sister.

In recent years, the selection of school board members has become better known for controversy than for the nominees.

Amid criticism of the school board, Gary tried unsuccessfully this year to wrest the appointment power from the governor.

Seven times in 12 years, governors rejected the convention's top choices. William Donald Schaefer relied more heavily on recommendations by county executives and picked three people who had not been convention candidates.

Last year, Glendening vowed to name convention candidates for two open board seats. He appointed the top vote-getter for the South County seat, while passing over the top choice for the Pasadena area seat.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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