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Field narrows for BOE seat

March 03, 2003|by TAMELA BAKER

Ten qualified candidates have expressed interest in the vacancy on the Washington County Board of Education, and the seven-member screening panel will meet March 5 to further narrow the field, panel chairperson B. Marie Byers said Friday.

The panel had planned to meet early Friday, but Byers said the meeting was postponed until Wednesday because of poor weather.

The application period ended Feb. 24.

"We have 10 qualified applicants" for the board position, Byers said, "and we will be prioritizing them for interviews and then communicating by letter" when those interviews will be scheduled, she said.

Former board member Dori Nipps resigned her position last fall when she was elected to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

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Two years remain on the term.

After interviewing applicants, the panel will make recommendations to Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who will make the final selection from among three finalists.

The screening committee includes Byers, Washington County Commissioner Jim Kercheval, former School Board member Jan Cirincione, School Board President Bernadette Wagner, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce member Philip Kelly, Washington County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations President Scott Nicewarner and Washington County Citizens Advisory Committee Chairperson Gary Nally.

"It's a fine panel, and all seven members will be there Wednesday," Byers said.

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