NIne show interest in vacant Board of Ed seat

February 11, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

The nine people who expressed interest in the vacant seventh School Board seat will be sent formal application letters this week, while others interested have about two weeks to apply.

The seven-member screening panel met for the first time Monday to review the nine letters of interest sent to the Washington County Board of Education, said screening panel Chairwoman B. Marie Byers, a former School Board member.

Byers, who served on the board for 31 years, said the nine people who expressed interest are "highly qualified" for the position.


The screening panel decided to send each of the nine interested applicants an application letter, which will be a single sheet of questions to answer, she said.

Applicants must attach to their applications a cover letter and a rsum that includes their educational background, employment, professional activities, community activities and community positions, she said.

"We want to accept all of the applications with the same information included," she said.

She said the screening panel will accept application letters postmarked Feb. 24.

The screening committee will meet Feb. 28 to review all applications and discuss questions to be asked in formal interviews, which will be conducted by all seven panel members, Byers said.

She said the School Board's list of desired criteria and qualities will be used to formulate questions.

She suggested that interested applicants review the school system's Web site,, which has information on what School Board duties include.

Byers said the panel hopes to contact the school system's Webmaster to revamp that portion of the Web site before the deadline.

The panel hopes to hold all interviews March 12, but since some work schedules might conflict, March 13 and 14 also have been cleared for interviews if necessary, Byers said.

Those interested in the position may pick up applications at the office of Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, 820 Commonwealth Ave. in Hagerstown.

The application letters will be made available Wednesday, she said.

"The process is very fair and accurate," Byers said.

The vacancy opened when former School Board Member Doris J. Nipps was elected as a Washington County Commissioner in November. With two years left in her term, she had to resign from her School Board post in December to take her new position.

After today, the committee will have 44 days to send three recommended names to Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Byers said.

Ehrlich will decide who will serve the last two years of Nipps' term.

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