County school board chief decides to seek another term on panel

Fill-in for late president faces nominating process

February 24, 2005|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

The president of the Anne Arundel County school board has announced he will seek another term when his current one expires.

Edward P. Carey was appointed in 2002 by then-Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat, to serve out the remainder of Janet Bury's term after her death.

This will be Carey's first experience with the process by which school board candidates are selected for consideration by the governor - now a Republican, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

In Anne Arundel, community groups send representatives to a nominating convention to screen candidates. Names of nominees are forwarded to the governor, who is not required to choose one of the convention's picks. Carey represents District 31.

One other seat will be available this year - District 30, held by Michael J. McNelly. He has served the limit of two consecutive terms.

Mark Fontaine, the chairman of the school board nominating convention, said he was pleased Carey was going through the nominating process. "It would be a good thing for both him and the convention," he said.

Carey, director of Baltimore-Washington International Airport's office of aviation technology, is a lifelong Brooklyn Park resident who once served as president of the Brooklyn Park Elementary Parent-Teacher Association.

He said he wanted to continue guiding the district toward its 2007 goals, including reducing the achievement gap between minority and white students.

"That's why I want to stay on - to see those things through," he said.

Carey helped lead the effort to set priorities in the budget for the current school year, rather than submit a budget that exceeded what county officials had said they'd fund.

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