Bury named to school board Morgan professor replaces Twombly for District 31

July 10, 1996|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Janet Bury, the popular choice of last year's Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention, was appointed yesterday to fill the unexpired term on the board of a man she ran against last spring.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening chose the Brooklyn Park resident and teacher to replace Thomas R. Twombly of Pasadena as the representative of District 31. Twombly quit the board in June, one year into his second five-year term, citing personal frustrations.

In a statement announcing Bury's appointment, Glendening praised her commitment to education and "clear vision of the future of education" in the county.

Bury, 55, coordinator of speech communication at Morgan State University, will not sit as a board member at today's school board meeting.

She was not expecting to have her formal notice from the governor in time to be sworn in, but does plan to be the eighth board member for the August meeting.

Although she was the top vote getter at the nominating convention last year, Bury lacked the backing of the district's influential senator, Philip C. Jimeno of Brooklyn Park. Jimeno supported Twombly, who tied for second place with former Jimeno political opponent Nancy Schrum of Pasadena. This year, Jimeno supported Bury.

"I see myself as an extremely valuable board member because I don't have an agenda," said Bury, a newcomer to local school issues.

Her greatest concern is making sure learning disabled, special education and less motivated students get the attention they need, she said.

Her appointment comes as the board renovates Brooklyn Park Middle School and redistricts to ease crowding at George Fox Middle School, issues that directly affect her district.

She is a strong advocate for renovating Brooklyn Park Middle expeditiously, but is unsure what to do on the redistricting question, she said.

The school board is likely to take up other issues next year to which she said she has an open mind.

For example, she personally opposes a strict dress code but said she understands the need to create more order.

She is the third new board member in a month. Paul G. Rudolph, a retired Westinghouse engineer, was named to represent District 33, which includes Severna Park and Crofton. Steven H. White Jr. is the student on the board.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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