Governor names five to school board panel

November 07, 2007

A Crofton attorney, a former school board member and a retired Millersville school guidance counselor are among the appointments Gov. Martin O'Malley made this week to the new School Board Nominating Commission for Anne Arundel County.

The newly named members are:

Joshua C. Greene of Crofton, who will be chairman. He is an attorney with the law firm Patton Boggs LLP in Washington.

Christine Davenport of Glen Burnie, a former teacher and assistant principal in the Anne Arundel County public school system.

Lee Roy Payne of Millersville, who recently retired from a career in guidance counseling with the county school system.

Matthew C. Tedesco of Odenton, a member of the law firm Knight, Manzi, Nussbaum & LaPlaca in Prince George's County.

Konrad M. Wayson of Harwood, managing partner of Wayson Land Holdings LP and a former member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.

Leopold appointee

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold also named Yevola S. Peters of Annapolis, his special assistant for minority affairs, to the commission.

"I wanted to ensure that there'd be diversity on the commission," Leopold said of his appointment.

The commission is made up of five members appointed by the governor and six selected by the county executive, the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, the county Council of Parent Teacher Associations, the Anne Arundel Community College board of trustees and the Association of Education Leaders. The members serve four-year terms.

Law took effect July 1

Under a law that took effect July 1, the commission gives the governor a list of prospective school board members and requires that he select members from that list.

In the past, the governor had the authority to ignore a nominating committee's suggestions.

The new law, proposed by Annapolis Democrat Sen. John C. Astle at the behest of Leopold, also gives the public the chance to veto the governor's selection of school board members during general elections.

"For the first time in Anne Arundel County, the public has the chance to provide direct input into the selection of school board members," Leopold said. "It's a compromise solution that was elusive for more than two decades."

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