Krebs, incumbents Stone and Bauer win school seats Lippy, longtime county political figure, loses bid for Orphans' Court

November 04, 1998|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

PTA leader and community activist Susan Krebs strongly led a field of six candidates in yesterday's nonpartisan race for three seats on the Carroll County Board of Education.

Incumbents C. Scott Stone and Gary W. Bauer maintained their seats on the board.

Krebs, a South Carroll resident, garnered 27.2 percent of the vote with all 43 precincts reporting. In January, she will replace Carolyn Scott, who chose not to seek re-election after serving a decade on the board.

People "seemed very focused," Krebs said last night. "People seemed to know who they were voting for."

Board president Stone followed Krebs with 19.5 percent of the vote, and Bauer came in third with 16.7 percent.

Stone, 47, works for Lucent Technologies in software development, and Bauer, 51, is an engineer with the Baltimore City Fire Department. Both incumbents are from Hampstead.

The other candidates were James E. Reter, with 13 percent; Mary D. Oldewurtel, 11.8 percent; and Thomas L. Shaffer, 11.4 percent.

The six contenders vying for three school board seats offered distinctly different visions of where they would like to take the school system the next four years.

Their educational philosophies have emerged in forums in which the candidates have discussed issues such as reading instruction, curriculum changes and preparing students for the workplace.

Krebs, 38, has three children in county schools and has been a fixture at board meetings for several years. She was a leader in pushing for the construction of schools in South Carroll.

She has called for grouping children by abilities, a stance that sets her apart from the two incumbents.

Incumbents Stone and Bauer said they would devote more resources to improving reading instruction and work to keep the school's capital construction program on schedule.

Stone proposed setting aside 120 to 140 minutes a day to reading and language arts instruction. He said he is committed to the school construction schedule, which calls for building six schools by 2003.

Bauer said county schools should emphasize "reading, writing and critical thinking" in the elementary grades.

Both incumbents publicly expressed support for Krebs.

Reter, an accountant and retired comptroller with the county school system, and Shaffer, a Westminster business owner, criticized the current school board for wasteful spending and failure to demand accountability from administrators.

Both candidates called for a return to basic methods of instruction, including memorization and diagramming sentences.

Oldewurtel said her main reason for entering the school board race was to push for a more rigorous curriculum, particularly for elementary students. The Sykesville resident is a lawyer and scientist.

In the highest-profile contest among the courthouse races, Manchester mayor and longtime county political figure Elmer C. Lippy was defeated in his bid for a seat on the Orphans' Court. He captured 20.4 percent of the vote. Chief Judge Dorothy V. Utz, who was elected to her post in 1994, was the top vote-getter with 31.1 percent. Incumbent Walter T. Haines Jr. won a fifth term with 26.2 percent. Herbert J. Reisig, a retired FBI agent, won the third seat on the panel, with 22 percent.

In the Register of Wills race, Republican incumbent Nancy L. Airing easily defeated Democrat John Lockard Barnes. She garnered 69.1 percent, compared with Barnes' 30.1 percent.

Airing took over the position in 1995, after 17 years as a clerk and chief deputy in the register's office.

Five-term incumbent Larry W. Shipley ran unopposed for the clerk of the Circuit Court. He captured 98.8 percent of the vote.

Pub Date: 11/04/98

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