Candidates picked for Carroll opening

May 10, 2007|By ARIN GENCER | ARIN GENCER,Sun Reporter

The Carroll County school board has selected three candidates to replace a member who stepped down in March.

Virginia Harrison, 60, of Sykesville; Jeffrey Morse, 53, of Silver Run; and C. Scott Stone, 56, of Hampstead were chosen from among 22 individuals interviewed during a public session Monday afternoon.

Harrison, a dressmaker, is chairwoman of the county?s Human Relations Commission. Morse works as a biology and environmental science teacher at a high school in Pennsylvania. Stone served on the school board for more than a decade, his final term ending last year.

All candidates answered three questions when they came before the board: what they saw as the most pertinent issues facing county students and the school system; why they chose to apply for a position on the five-member body; and what their priorities were for the district?s capital and operating budgets. The board then publicly deliberated and chose its top three candidates.

Those three names, along with the entire list of applicants, were passed on to Gov. Martin O?Malley yesterday, school board President Gary Bauer said. The governor is responsible for appointing someone to fill the seat, from which Thomas Hiltz stepped down in late March.

The governor need not choose a replacement from the board?s recommendations, Bauer added.

The board lastwent through the nomination procedure to replace member Laura K. Rhodes,who resigned in 2005.

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