June 18, 2008

O'Malley picks school board members

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced today the reappointment of the current president of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and the appointment of two members to the newly expanded panel.

Incumbent President Tricia Johnson of Davidsonville is seeking a second five-year term in the at-large seat, and Teresa Birge of Seven Oaks, who intends to represent the newly created District 32 seat in West County, must go up for a retention vote in November, which means there will be no other names on the ballot. Collin Wojciechowski, a rising senior at Chesapeake High School, will serve one year as the student member.

O'Malley was required to select candidates from a list of nominees submitted by the newly created School Board Nominating Commission, under a law that went into effect this year.

The commission replaced a 250-person nominating caucus that selected a person for a school board seat whom the governor was not required to appoint. Now, the 11-member commission recommends at least two candidates for each vacancy. In May, the commission forwarded the names of four nominees for the at-large seat and two for the District 32 seat to the governor.

The board's student member is elected by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils and appointed by the governor.

Johnson, Birge and Wojciechowski will begin their terms on the nine-member board July 1.

Karen Shih

Floats, bands sought for July 4 parade

The City of Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department is seeking individuals and organizations to participate in the Annapolis July Fourth parade.

Marching bands and patriotic floats are encouraged to participate in the parade, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.

All parade entries must pre-register and comply with the rules and regulations listed at www.annapolis.gov/recreation. The deadline for parade applications is Friday.

For more information contact LeeAnn Plumer at 410-263-7958 or recpark@annapolis.gov.

Department of Aging names new leader

A former longtime head of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging who later became deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging will again lead the county Department of Aging and Disabilities.

Carol R. Baker replaces Sheryl Banks, who has been appointed assistant to the county executive, a position she held at the outset of the Leopold administration.

Banks will work with County Executive John R. Leopold and various departments to reach out to the minority business community.

Baker headed the county Department of Aging from 1989 to 1999 and served in the administration of the state counterpart from 2004 to 2007.

"The county has a wealth of programs and services available, and I look forward to being a responsive liaison to those we serve."

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