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ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 11, 2001

Crofton woman seeking Rudolph's school board seat

At least one person has entered the race against Anne Arundel County school board President Paul G. Rudolph for his seat on the board.

The nomination of Koh Herlong of Crofton, sponsored by the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce, was delivered to a member of the school board's nominating convention Friday, just before the application deadline, said Alan Lang, the convention's chairman.

Herlong, 40, began her career as a teacher in Stafford County, Va., public schools and since October has been a teacher coordinator at Anne Arundel Community College. Her resume shows two degrees in education, a bachelor's from Virginia Tech and a master's in educational technology from Walden University in Minneapolis.

Several question-and-answer sessions with the candidates will be held next month, and convention delegates will vote May 9. Gov. Parris N. Glendening gets the final say - choosing the convention's pick or making his own choice - for the five-year, unpaid term on the eight-member board.

Rudolph, a retired Westinghouse engineer who lives in Severna Park, is finishing his first term representing District 33, which includes parts of Crofton, Davidsonville and Severna Park.

County reduces pension of former high official

Anne Arundel County has decreased a former high-ranking county official's pension payments more than a year after the reduction was supposed to occur.

The official, Robert J. Dvorak, a former chief administrative officer who retired in 1997 after 23 years, said that it's news to him.

"I don't know how they can do that while it's still under appeal," he said Friday. "They conveniently forget it's been appealed to the Board of Appeals."

In 1999, former personnel officer Randall Schultz wrote in a memo that Dvorak's benefit would be lowered effective Nov. 1, 1999. That didn't happen.

"It was a bureaucratic slipup," County Executive Janet S. Owens said.

County Council Chairwoman Shirley Murphy wrote to Owens last week about the matter. Her letter says the county auditor found three years ago that Dvorak's pension was too high under county law and that the pension's board of trustees agreed a year and a half ago.

Dvorak, who last served under Republican County Executive John G. Gary, would not disclose his pension but said the county has wanted to cut it by $3,000 a year. He says his pension was calculated the same way other employees' pensions are.

Townsend to speak at Murphy fund-raiser

Anne Arundel County Council Chairwoman Shirley Murphy has scheduled her third annual Champagne Breakfast for tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Windows on the Bay in Pasadena. Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will speak.

The breakfast is a fund-raiser for Murphy and is open to the public. Tickets are $100. Information: Fran Murphy, 410-255-7818.

Council resets hearing on mixed-use legislation

The Anne Arundel County Council has rescheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. a briefing on proposed mixed-use legislation. The two-hour presentation will be in council chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

The session was originally planned for later in the day.

Students to compete in science fair this week

Three hundred students from 25 Anne Arundel County and Queen Anne's County public and private middle schools and high schools will present their science research projects and compete for awards and prizes during the Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair tomorrow through Thursday at the Naval Academy.

Students will compete in age groups in 15 categories including behavioral and social sciences, earth/space, engineering and physics. Winners in the regional fair will be announced Thursday.

Participants will have a chance to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif., in May for more than $2 million in awards and scholarships. Information: 410-222-5451.

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