Harford Week

December 07, 2003

Chandler rejected for reappointment to school board

Eugene C. Chandler, who was named Maryland's School Board Member of the Year in October, is leaving the Harford County Board of Education. His reappointment was rejected last week by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

He blamed his rejection for reappointment to the board on politics.

"I was the No. 1 school board member in the state. You would think I was a shoo-in for re-election," he told parents attending a school system town meeting at Havre de Grace High School on Thursday.

He said that he would continue to contribute to the school system in any way possible and asked principals to call on him for assistance. The retired Army colonel worked to reduce minority achievement gaps during his six years on the school board.

During an interview in August, Chandler told The Sun that his work on the county's affirmative action plan for schools was his biggest contribution to education.

"I feel very good about that," he said at the time.

He said the plan was the first such program in the county or state and was one of the first nationwide. "I wanted to try to bridge the gap between minority students and the other students," he said during the interview.

On Oct. 2, Chandler received the Charles W. Willis Award from the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. It is presented to the school board member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to public education.

Councilman Miller opts out of race for 2004

Harford County Council member Lance C. Miller, a Republican who represents the northern rural area of the county, has made it official: He will not run for re-election next year.

Miller, 34, who has held the office for two terms, said that he is enjoying his work as a mortgage officer and wants to spend more time helping with the family's dairy farming operation in Darlington.

He made the announcement about two weeks ago at a pre-Thanksgiving party, given annually by state legislative delegation Chairman Barry Glassman, a Republican who represents the northern county in the General Assembly.

"My personal life is going in other directions. Politics just doesn't have a place anymore," he said. "It's not a bitter decision."

Council names 6 members to facilities task force

The Harford County Council appointed members to an adequate public facilities task force created this fall by legislation that updates the way the county monitors growth.

The task force has six members, nominated by several government and school agencies. They are:

Richard C. Slutzky, Republican county councilman who represents the Aberdeen area;

Joseph Licata, assistant superintendent for operations for Harford public schools;

Pete Gutwald, manager of comprehensive planning in the Department of Planning and Zoning;

Deb Merlock, of the Harford County Council of PTAs;

John Scotten, county treasurer

Mark Wolkow, a member of the Board of Education

Local children help light White House tree

Two members of the Edgewood Boys & Girls Club were invited to flip the switch at the annual tree-lighting ceremony for the National Christmas tree on the Ellipse in Washington last week.

Andre Joyner, 10, and Maggie Stuempfle, 10, both residents of Edgewood, were sitting with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush during the ceremony.

Thirty other children and their parents also were invited to attend the event as representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County.

Yard waste drop-off available at new site

The Harford County Office of Recycling has opened a free yard waste drop-off site at 701 N. Tollgate Road above the Ma and Pa Trail Parking Lot in Bel Air. This location replaces a site off the Bel Air Bypass, which opened to collect debris from Tropical Storm Isabel.

The new site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays and will accept leaves, grass clippings, garden trimmings, Christmas trees, brush and branches up to 6 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length.

Commercial yard-waste businesses may continue to bring materials to the Harford Waste Disposal and Recycling Center in Street.

Lump-sum payment OK'd for preservation purchase

The Harford County Council approved, by a vote of 7-0, an amendment to an agricultural land preservation program request that will allow the county to pay a lump sum for development rights on a property in the western county.

The property, owned by Sterling Lytle, has three development rights but sits along a corridor of preserved properties along Jarrettsville Pike near the Baltimore County line.

The original bill requesting the purchase had incorrectly asked for installment payments, requiring the council had to approve amendments to the bill and then approve the legislation.

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