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Resh runs for board seat

July 16, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

David L. Resh Jr. wants a "get tough" approach taken with disruptive students in Washington County schools.

Resh, a candidate for a seat on the Washington County Board of Education, said he believes students who continually must be reprimanded for disrupting class should be turned over to their parents, who would be responsible for setting up some other type of schooling for them.

Resh, 55, said he understands what is going on in classrooms because of his volunteer work at Western Heights Middle School, where his wife, Susan, teaches.

Resh said he is often at the school all day, allowing him to blend into the background and study what is going on in school.

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"I personally believe there are too many students warming seats," Resh said.

The county has an Alternative School on South Potomac Street for students who have problems fitting into a regular school setting, but it seems to be full most of the time and there is no room for other students, Resh said.

"I think it's good. Maybe it should be larger," Resh said.

Resh's children were raised in Hagerstown, although he commuted daily to his job in Baltimore. As a food protection and consumer health services director for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for 11 years, Resh supervised 75 public health employees involved in the regulatory control of milk, food, drugs, radiation, dietetic services and migratory labor camps.

Resh also worked as food and milk sanitation rating officer and headed the division of milk control for the state health department.

He runs Resh and Associates, an environmental health consulting firm that mostly assists industry.

Resh said he believes there should be an ongoing evaluation of educational programs in county schools.

If programs don't work, eliminate them, he said.

Resh said he understands the advantage of close scrutiny of programs.

In his job with the state health department, Resh said he continually had to defend his budget before House and Senate taxation committees in Annapolis.

Resh, of 12913 Lauran Road, Hagerstown, is one of 16 candidates running for the school board. Two of the seats are newly created, bringing the size of the board from five to seven members.

The 16 candidates will face off in a primary election on Sept. 15, with the top 10 vote-getters vying for the five seats in the Nov. 3 general election.

The top three vote-getters in the general election will serve four year terms and the next two highest vote-getters will serve two year terms.

After this election, a school board member will make $4,800 a year and the president will make $4,900.

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