Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening signed several bills into law Thursday, including one to expand the local school board from five to seven members.
The Washington County Board of Education's membership won't expand until the next election in November 1998, officials said.
"It would be a more efficient board," said Robert Kline, school board vice president.
"It takes a lot of pressure off the rest of us" when it comes to committee work, he said.
In addition to being a school board member, Kline is on two board committees. He is involved in other activities, and is mayor of Funkstown.
Five board members, including the two new ones, would be elected for four-year terms as the law states now, said Chris Shank, legislative aide for the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.