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Nipps' win opens School Board seat

Doris J. Nipps' seat on the Washington County Board of Education will remain vacant until Governor-elect Robert Ehrlich appoints

Doris J. Nipps' seat on the Washington County Board of Education will remain vacant until Governor-elect Robert Ehrlich appoints

November 07, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Washington County Board of Education member Doris J. Nipps is ready to roll up her sleeves and tackle a new challenge after winning a seat on the Washington County Commissioners.

"No vacation here," Nipps said with enthusiasm.

Nipps was one of five Republicans elected to the County Commissioners in Tuesday's general election. Incumbents Gregory I. Snook and William J. Wivell retained their seats, while newcomers James F. Kercheval and John C. Munson also won election.

Nipps said the spectrum of issues will be broader at the county level, but said her learning curve will be higher than other new commissioners.

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"I know education," she said.

Nipps, an eight-year School Board member, will vacate her seat Dec. 3 when she is sworn into office as County Commissioner. At the same time, the seat she held at the School Board will remain vacant until Governor-elect Robert Ehrlich takes office and makes an appointment according to the Annotated Code of Maryland, School Board President W. Edward Forrest said.

Forrest said the possibility that Nipps would win a commissioners seat was on all the board members' minds, but they had not thought about how she would be replaced until now.

Forrest said he hopes Ehrlich appoints someone with history and knowledge of the system.

Bill Reinhard, spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education, said he wasn't sure how the recommendation for the appointment works.

Nipps said she is proud of where Washington County Public Schools is now, saying its climb in performance rates is indicative of a thriving system.

In her eight years in office, Washington County Schools has added more Advanced Placement courses, magnet schools and high school academies.

"I've had a good run with the board," Nipps said.

School Board member J. Herbert Hardin, who lost his race for a County Commissioners seat, will also be leaving the School Board in December.

He said he hasn't given any thought to taking the vacant seat and said Wednesday he was only thinking about picking up his campaign signs and thanking his contributors.

"I'll probably be attending more ball games, visiting a lot of schools as a citizen and make more time for my grandchildren," Hardin said.

Mary L. Wilfong will also vacate her Board of Education seat in December. She chose not to run for re-election.

School Board Member Paul W. Bailey, who won a second four-year term in Tuesday's election, will become the senior School Board member after Nipps leaves.

Jacqueline Fischer and Russell Williams also won seats on the board in Tuesday's election. Bailey, Fischer and Williams ran uncontested for the three open Board of Education positions.

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