Crabb seeks school board seat

April 13, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

Gordon Crabb wants to see more emphasis on discipline in Washington County classrooms and closer study of innovative teaching methods being tried in schools.

Crabb, who has filed to run for a seat on the Washington County Board of Education, believes there is not enough exchange between schools on new approaches being explored by teachers.

When a school develops a new, effective teaching method, there should be a clearinghouse at the Board of Education where the program can be further analyzed to determine its benefits, Crabb said.

Crabb, 67, has had an interest in local schools for years. He and his wife May had four children who were educated in local schools, and Crabb joined Parent-Teacher Association groups in the late 1960s.


In 1995, Crabb began attending Board of Education meetings regularly. There was a lot of squabbling between board members and the schools superintendent that concerned Crabb.

"I just saw a situation I thought was unhealthy. I didn't see the kids coming first," said Crabb, who ran unsuccessfully for a school board seat in 1996.

Crabb was born in Carbondale, Pa., but was raised by Welsh parents in Wales. At the time, students in Wales wore formal clothing, and there was a high expectation for discipline, which left a lasting impression on Crabb.

Crabb said he is concerned that teachers might be weighed down with too many other duties, which takes away time to teach discipline.

"That's a very important part of education," said Crabb, who lives on Holt Circle in Hagerstown.

Although Crabb is active in other government and school committees, he said his candidacy for school board is not an attempt to win other political offices.

Crabb is a member of the Washington County Water and Sewer Advisory Commission and the Board of Education Budget Advisory Committee.

Crabb moved to Washington County in 1966 to take a job at Fairchild, where he was a contract and program manager. Much of his work involved the manufacture of the A-10 jet.

He retired in 1994 from Rohr Industries Inc.

If more than 10 people file to run for school board, a primary election will be held on Sept. 15, with the top 10 vote-getters vying for five seats in the general election on Nov. 3.

School board members earn $3,200 a year.

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