Susan Krebs clinches the top spot in Carroll Board of Education primary Primary 1998

September 16, 1998|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

South Carroll resident Susan Krebs, a PTA leader for the past 10 years, clinched the top spot among a field of nine candidates in yesterday's primary race for the Carroll County Board of Education.

With all 43 precincts reporting, Krebs captured 24 percent of the vote in the school board race.

Incumbents C. Scott Stone and Gary W. Bauer were next closest with 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Stone, 47, works for Lucent Technologies in software development. Bauer, 51, is a pump operator with the Baltimore Fire Department.

The other three top vote-getters in the nonpartisan race were James E. Reter, 66, an accountant and retired comptroller with the county school system, who garnered 11 percent; Thomas L. Shaffer, 49, owner of an Electrolux franchise in Westminster, with 8 percent; and Mary D. Oldewurtel, 46, a Sykesville resident and former Legal Aid attorney, received 7 percent.

The six candidates will advance to the Nov. 3 general election, when voters will choose three board members.

The remaining candidates were Thelma P. Smith with 6 percent, Neil F. MacGregor with 4 percent and Colin M. Bisasky with 3 percent.

The next school board will confront formidable challenges. Of primary importance is maintaining Carroll's high academic ranking in the state after a leveling of scores last year in Maryland's annual school performance tests.

On the economic front, county officials have projected a $16 million deficit in the school system's operating budget over the next five years. The board has committed to an ambitious six-year capital improvement program for school construction.

The plan to relieve school crowding, developed by the current school board and the County Commissioners, includes opening one new elementary, two new middle schools and two new high schools by 2002.

During their campaigns, candidates in the nonpartisan school board race raised issues ranging from improving student achievement to reducing class sizes to demanding more accountability from school administrators.

Smith said she entered the race to bring a minority perspective to education in Carroll County.

The responsibilities of the board include preparing an annual school budget to be approved by the County Commissioners, adopting school boundary lines, reviewing and approving a long-range curriculum plan and hiring the schools superintendent.

As expected, Larry W. Shipley easily defeated challenger Joseph Burns Jr. to win a fifth term as clerk of the Circuit Court. He garnered 72 percent of the vote. The Westminster Republican is unopposed in the general election.

The clerk is the overseer of land records, marriage and business licenses, and all criminal, civil and juvenile court records.

Incumbent Nancy L. Airing survived a challenge from three Republican candidates in the Register of Wills race. The Taneytown Republican will face Democrat John Lockard Barnes in the general election.

In the Orphans' Court judges race, the three top vote-getters from a field of eight candidates were the incumbents: Chief Judge Dorothy V. Utz and judges Walter T. Haines Jr. and Albert W. Selby.

They will compete in the general election with Manchester Mayor Elmer C. Lippy, a Democrat who is unopposed, for the three judgeships.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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