Nominating panel for school board has vacancies Committee must fill four volunteer posts

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

The committee that runs the county School Board Nominating Convention is seeking four volunteers to join its ranks.

The committee changed its bylaws this year to expand the number of members from nine to 12 in an effort to broaden representation from around the county, especially north county, said committee member Mary Alice Gehrdes. The fourth vacancy was created when a member resigned over the summer.

Most committee members are from the Annapolis area, Gehrdes said. Terms range from one to three years.

Committee members are expected to attend monthly meetings as well as to prepare for the three nights of candidate forums in April and the convention in May. At the end of the year, the committee will call for candidates for the two school board posts that will be open July 1 and for convention delegates.

Delegates representing community groups must attend at least one candidate forum so they can vote at the convention.

The convention's vote is forwarded to the governor, who makes the appointment.

The process has been heavily criticized over the years.

Some groups favor an elected school board, and last winter County Executive John G. Gary unsuccessfully sought legislation to give the executive the appointment.

The five-year terms of Joseph H. Foster, the board president who represents Legislative District 32, and at-large member Michael A. Pace expire this year.

Both have said they haven't decided whether they want another term.

Parties interested in volunteering should write to the Nominating Convention Committee, P.O. Box 485, Annapolis 21404 or call (410) 551-9622. The fax is (410) 519-5569.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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