Few apply for school board

deadline may be extended

Openings for 2 seats draw 1 challenger

incumbents say they will reapply

March 14, 2000|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

The county's School Board Nominating Convention Committee might extend today's candidate registration deadline because of a shortage of candidates for the two seats that will become available July 1.

Committee Chairman Alan Lang said yesterday that only one candidate had officially filed. The two incumbents said their applications would be postmarked by today's deadline.

"If we don't get any more [applications], we will seriously consider extending the deadline," Lang said.

In his second run for a board seat, Annapolis resident Steven H. Johnson has registered as a candidate for the legislative Districts 27B/30 board seat, the South County and Annapolis area. Johnson, a management consultant, sought a seat three years ago.

Johnson is challenging the incumbent, Michael J. McNelly of Tracy's Landing, who will seek another five-year term.

Lang said incumbent Janet Bury, the member from legislative District 31, the North County region, has said she will register her candidacy today.

The eight-member school board consists of three at-large members, four members from different geographical areas and one student member.

Members of the School Board Nominating Convention Committee say they're disappointed by the lack of interest in the selection process.

"It's really kind of embarrassing, if nothing else," said Mark Fontaine, committee treasurer. "Here's a fast-growing county and we can't get people interested to even run as candidates."

Lang suggested that the incumbents' decision to seek reappointment might have eliminated some potential candidates.

County school board members are chosen at the School Board Nominating Convention, scheduled for May 10 at Annapolis High School. The convention is made up of delegates from citizens groups who vote on the top two candidates for each open seat. The recommendations are forwarded to the governor, who makes the final selection.

The School Board Nominating Convention Committee has scheduled three candidate hearings next month.

School board applications must be postmarked today. They should be sent to the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention, P.O. Box 485, Annapolis 21404.

Candidate registration forms are available at the Web site www.geocities.com/sbncaacnty. Candidates without Internet access can use computers at county libraries to print registration forms.

All candidates must live in legislative Districts 27B, 30 or 31 and be sponsored by a nonprofit citizens organization, such as the PTA, a church group, a chamber of commerce or other service groups.

Information about candidate registration: Alan Lang, 410-965-9721 or 410-544-1157, or the School Board Nominating Convention Committee, 410-266-7262.

The postmark deadline for delegate registration is April 6; applications can be obtained at www.geocities.com/sbncaacnty.

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