Foster plans to seek 2nd term on school board

February 20, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County school board President Joseph H. Foster will seek a second five-year term on the board, he said yesterday.

The 52-year-old Linthicum resident already has the longest tenure on the eight-member school board of any sitting member.

"I think that with the large number of members of the board and the long time it takes to become knowledgeable about the operations of the board, there is some value to having institutional memory," he said.

Foster's push to improve North County schools helped propel him into the job 4 1/2 years ago. And while some of that improvement has been accomplished, North County schools remain the only ones in the county system in which sixth-graders remain in elementary schools.

Elsewhere, sixth-graders are in middle schools, where they can take more advanced courses and electives.

"I think I have been very student-oriented," said Foster, who zTC represents District 32 in the northwestern corner of the county and is a federal transportation program manager.

He pointed to several initiatives enacted by the board during his term, such as requiring students to have a 2.0 grade-point average to be eligible for extracurricular activities and the start of a program bringing more computers into schools.

Foster's quest for a second term is expected to deter some people from seeking the position. Nominations must be submitted to the School Board Nominating Convention by March 1.

Foster's term is one of two that expire July 1. The other is the at-large seat occupied by Michael A. Pace, who will not seek a second term.

Vaughan Brown of Hanover is the only other person to have expressed interest in the volunteer job.

Delegates will vote this spring on which candidates to recommend for gubernatorial appointment. The governor does not have to abide by the recommendations, but Gov. Parris N. Glendening has chosen people from the conven tion's list.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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