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July 7, 1994
For the seventh time in recent years, the Anne Arundel County executive has ignored the recommendations of the county's School Board Nominating Convention, resurrecting the question: Why continue this charade?The process clearly doesn't work. The governor, who makes the official appointment, doesn't pay attention to the convention because the executive, who tells the governor whom to appoint, doesn't. As a result, the public has lost confidence in the process. Only a fraction of the 1,300 community groups who once sent delegates did so at the May convention.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | July 26, 2009
Four candidates have applied for the seat on the Anne Arundel County School Board vacated two weeks ago by Tricia Johnson, who was appointed to the County Council, according to the county's School Board Nominating Commission. The candidates are: Michael Leahy of Severna Park, whose term on the board recently expired; Andrew Pruski of Gambrills; Janet R. Pogar of Glen Burnie; and Paul Rudolph of Severna Park. The School Board Nominating Commission is scheduled to hold two public hearings next week, before forwarding nominees to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will appoint a new board member to the at-large seat.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | May 6, 1993
Carlesa Finney carried the voting at the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention last night, easily defeating incumbent school board member Vincent O. Leggett, but her campaign for a seat on the school board is not over.Even though she got the most votes -- 113 -- at the convention, Ms. Finney still needs to obtain County Executive Robert R. Neall's recommendation, and then be selected by the governor, who makes the final appointment to the five-year term.The convention's bylaws require that Ms. Finney's name and that of runner-up Elizabeth Greene, who had 33 votes, be submitted to the governor for his consideration.
NEWS
January 25, 2009
Schools close early for semester exams Anne Arundel County public schools will give high school semester exams tomorrow. Schools will close two hours early for all students for teacher workdays. There will be no afternoon kindergarten or ECI. Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for students but open for in-service/workday for elementary and middle school teachers and workday for high school teachers. Information: 410-222-5000. Public budget workshop The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will hold a public workshop on fiscal 2010 operating and capital budgets.
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By Dianne Williams Hayes and Dianne Williams Hayes,Staff writer | May 1, 1991
Hoping renewed interest in the School Board Nominating Convention iscontagious, delegates will vote tonight for their top two choices tofill a seat that will be vacant this summer.The convention is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Severna Park Senior High School.With a promise from County Executive Robert R. Neall to recommendone of the convention's choices to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, whomust make the ultimate decision, delegates are optimistic their votewill have a strong influence on the person selected to replace boardmember Patricia Huecker.
NEWS
January 28, 1999
JUST AS EDUCATION is rising to the top of local, state and federal political agendas, some of Maryland's school board nominating conventions are finding themselves marginalized. One of the most notable is in Baltimore County. Last week, the county convention announced it is suspending operations this year, though one-third of the seats on the school board are up for appointment.Half of Maryland's counties have voter-elected school boards. In other jurisdictions, the governor appoints the members after receiving a recommendation from civic and religious organizations who interview candidates.
NEWS
January 21, 1992
The Crofton Civic Association is seeking delegates to the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention, to be conducted May 6 at Severna Park High School.Three delegate slots must be filled. Call 721-7410 by Feb. 8.In addition, an at-large seat must be filled. If anyone is interested in seeking a postion on the Anne Arundel County School Board, please contact the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention Committee, P.O. Box 506, Glen Burnie 21060.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | March 14, 2000
The county's School Board Nominating Convention Committee might extend today's candidate registration deadline because of a shortage of candidates for the two seats that will become available July 1. Committee Chairman Alan Lang said yesterday that only one candidate had officially filed. The two incumbents said their applications would be postmarked by today's deadline. "If we don't get any more [applications], we will seriously consider extending the deadline," Lang said. In his second run for a board seat, Annapolis resident Steven H. Johnson has registered as a candidate for the legislative Districts 27B/30 board seat, the South County and Annapolis area.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2000
Dismayed by a shortage of candidates, the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention Committee has extended the application deadline to the end of the month. Two seats become open July 1, and only three people had applied for them -- including the two incumbents whose terms are expiring -- by the original deadline of March 14. "We're pretty discouraged, and probably you could say we're a little annoyed," said Mark Fontaine, committee treasurer. The scarcity of candidates has again raised questions about the effectiveness of the school board selection process, which local officials and community activists have debated for years.
NEWS
March 30, 2008
The School Board Nominating Commission of Anne Arundel County is accepting applications for board candidates for two open seats through Tuesday. Board President Tricia Johnson is finishing a five-year term. The new commission recently added a ninth seat to the board. The new member will represent residents of legislative Districts 21 and 32. The commission will host hearings, at which the public can meet the candidates, at 7 p.m. April 14 and 28 at the Arundel Center in Annapolis. The commission will forward its nominees to the governor in early May, and he must choose from that list.
NEWS
May 14, 2008
School board candidates advance The School Board Nominating Commission this week is forwarding the names of six possible candidates for two open seats on the Anne Arundel County school board to Gov. Martin O'Malley. The candidates include a Severn resident active on the countywide Citizens Advisory Committee, a key administrator under former County Executive Janet S. Owens, and an incumbent who is a longtime Davidsonville-area schools volunteer. The names, applications and letters of support for the following candidates are expected to be sent to the governor's office by tomorrow, said commission Chairman Joshua C. Greene.
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By David Zenlea and David Zenlea,Special to The Sun | April 9, 2008
After fearing no one would apply for the two seats up for grabs on the Anne Arundel County School Board, the new School Board Nominating Commission has been flooded with candidates. A dozen people, including incumbent Tricia L. Johnson, former two-term member Paul Rudolph and retired teachers, are vying for the at-large seat. Six others, including a former head of the community panel that advises the school board and the president of a limousine company, hope to fill the newly created ninth seat representing state legislative District 32. The late surge in applicants came as a relief to the fledgling commission, which launched a last-minute e-mail campaign through local organizations to appeal for more candidates.
NEWS
March 30, 2008
The School Board Nominating Commission of Anne Arundel County is accepting applications for board candidates for two open seats through Tuesday. Board President Tricia Johnson is finishing a five-year term. The new commission recently added a ninth seat to the board. The new member will represent residents of legislative Districts 21 and 32. The commission will host hearings, at which the public can meet the candidates, at 7 p.m. April 14 and 28 at the Arundel Center in Annapolis. The commission will forward its nominees to the governor in early May, and he must choose from that list.
NEWS
March 9, 2008
Nearly all of Anne Arundel County's 108 public schools will host Tobacco-Free Kids Week activities this year, bringing anticipated participation to its highest level in the program's 13-year history. Seventy-five of 77 elementary schools have signed up to hold anti-smoking events during Tobacco-Free Kids Week, starting today. All of the county's 19 middle schools and 11 of its 12 high schools are on board. Additionally, eight private schools and 53 nonschool groups have registered, bringing the total to 165 groups and an estimated 73,505 youths.
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By ANICA BUTLER and ANICA BUTLER,SUN REPORTER | March 26, 2006
Five people are vying for one vacancy on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education -- the most candidates for a single seat in seven years. "Usually we have one or two, sometimes three," said Mark Fontaine, chairman of the school board nominating convention. "This is a lot, which surprised me, but it's pleasant." Fontaine said he had been concerned that, with legislation pending in the General Assembly to change the way school board members are selected, no one would apply. He also said he doesn't yet know whether there is a particular issue that drove so many people to apply for the seat being vacated by Paul G. Rudolph of Severna Park, who is nearing the end of his second five-year term.
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By ANICA BUTLER and ANICA BUTLER,SUN REPORTER | February 26, 2006
Members of Anne Arundel County's legislative delegation are again grappling with whether and how to change the way county school board members are chosen. As they do so, the method that has been in place for decades -- the nominating convention -- is gearing up to select a new candidate for the school board. Currently, school board members are appointed by the governor. Names are submitted by a nominating convention of about 150 people, but the governor is not required to choose from the list.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | July 26, 2009
Four candidates have applied for the seat on the Anne Arundel County School Board vacated two weeks ago by Tricia Johnson, who was appointed to the County Council, according to the county's School Board Nominating Commission. The candidates are: Michael Leahy of Severna Park, whose term on the board recently expired; Andrew Pruski of Gambrills; Janet R. Pogar of Glen Burnie; and Paul Rudolph of Severna Park. The School Board Nominating Commission is scheduled to hold two public hearings next week, before forwarding nominees to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will appoint a new board member to the at-large seat.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2002
Already facing calls for his resignation, the newest member of the Anne Arundel County school board said yesterday that he will ask the county ethics commission to review his construction and landscaping companies' dealings with the school system. Konrad M. Wayson was appointed to the county school board Tuesday instead of the candidate recommended by a citizens' committee. Wayson is president of Childs Landscaping of Arnold, which has been paid nearly $700,000 by the school system in the past few years for work at county schools, records show.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2001
In a dark, dank high school auditorium Wednesday night, where three out of four hard wooden seats stood upright and empty, those who showed up marked red paper ballots and decided -- perhaps -- who will be the next member of the Anne Arundel County school board. Delegates nominated school board President Paul G. Rudolph for a second five-year term over Crofton educator L. Koh Herlong in a 67-60 vote. A total of 127 people made their choices known for the person who might help steer a 75,000-student school district.
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