Rudolph faces 2nd challenger for school board seat A...

Arundel Digest

March 20, 2001

Rudolph faces 2nd challenger for school board seat

A second challenger has emerged for the county school board seat of incumbent Paul G. Rudolph.

The candidacy of Michael Topper, 40, a sheet metal worker from Severn, is being sponsored by the Quarterfield Elementary School PTA, of which his wife, Roxi, is treasurer. He joins Rudolph and Crofton educator Koh Herlong in the contest to represent District 33, which includes Severna Park, Crofton and Severn.

Topper, who has three children in Anne Arundel public schools, said he is interested in "being a voice on the school board for the students, the parents and the teachers alike. ... We do have a great school system, and there's no reason we can't make it better."

Topper said he is worried that a new middle school reading initiative approved by the school board for implementation in August would limit the number of electives sixth-graders can choose.

Members of the school board nominating convention will make their selection May 9, after three question-and-answer forums next month. Their pick will be submitted to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who will make the final decision.

Annapolis man is struck and killed near Route 10

A pedestrian walking along Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard near Route 10 was struck by a car and killed Saturday. John Howard Evans of Annapolis was walking north on the shoulder about 2:15 p.m. when he was hit by a car driven by George Henry Fifer Sr. of Glen Burnie.

According to police, Fifer said he didn't see Evans, but stopped his vehicle after realizing he had hit something. Evans suffered multiple injuries and was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died two hours later.

Police said Fifer was taken to the Northern District Police Station, where he took a mandatory breath test. Results of the test showed that he was under the legal limit for driving under the influence, police said.

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