After 3 tries, Towson lawyer lands a spot on school board Direct appeal to governor works where caucus fails

July 14, 1998|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

For three straight years, John A. Hayden III was one of the top recommendations of the Baltimore County School Board Nominating Convention, and all three years he was passed over for a school board position.

This year, Hayden skipped the convention and sought the position directly from the governor and county executive -- and this week he finally won a spot on the 12-member county school board.

Hayden will be sworn in todaywith school board member Sanford V. Teplitzky -- who was re-appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening for a second five-year term -- and Towson High School student Alice L. Arcieri, who was picked for a one-year term as the student member of the board.

"I was almost getting to be known as a perennial candidate," said Hayden, who had unsuccessfully applied in 1993, 1994 and 1995. "I'm happy that this worked out, and I'm looking forward to the chance to serve on the board."

The nominating convention -- composed of representatives of 92 community and school groups -- interviews school board candidates and makes recommendations to the governor.

But the governor is not bound to pick only from the convention list, and in past years both Glendening and former Gov. William Donald Schaefer have looked elsewhere. For example, when Schaefer picked Teplitzky and Mary Katherine Scheeler in 1993, neither had even applied for the school board.

This year, Teplitzky was the only candidate to apply for the second councilmanic district position, and Pamela Tainter-Causey -- public affairs manager at the Maryland Office on Aging -- was the only one to apply in the fourth councilmanic district.

The convention recommended Teplitzky and Tainter-Causey to the governor. Both candidates yesterday said that the convention process needs to be improved to encourage more applicants and more participation from community groups.

Teplitzky is an attorney who lives in Pikesville. Prior to joining the board, Teplitzky was head of a school system task force created after former Superintendent Stuart Berger angered hundreds of parents by transferring disabled children to neighborhood schools and demoting more than 40 administrators.

"I sought a second term to continue working on some of the things that we began during my first five years," Teplitzky said. "When I joined the board, we seemed to be fighting fires every day, and now I think we're able to spend time setting policy for what happens in the classroom."

Hayden is an attorney who lives in Towson and is chairman of the Baltimore County Public School Education Foundation Board of Directors, the Catonsville Community College Foundation Board of Trustees, and Towson High School Fund for the Future. He succeeds Scheeler, who did not seek a second term.

Alice Arcieri will be a senior at Towson High this fall and is in the first class in the school's law and public policy magnet program.

Pub Date: 7/14/98

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