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School board race deadline nears

October 16, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

The deadline is nearing for those interested in running for seats on the Washington County Board of Education to file for candidacy in the 2004 election.

Four of the seven School Board seats, currently held by members W. Edward Forrest, Roxanne R. Ober, W. Princeton Young and president Bernadette M. Wagner, are up for election next year.

The deadline to file is Dec. 22, county Board of Elections Supervisor Dorothy Kaetzel said.

If more than eight candidates file, a primary election will be held March 2 and the general election will be held Nov. 2, Kaetzel said.

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Some of the responsibilities of School Board members, who serve four-year terms, include selecting and appointing the superintendent of schools, establishing fiscal and educational goals, making and interpreting policies and making decisions on curriculum, school buildings and boundaries.

New School Board members would take office the first Tuesday of December.

School Board members make $4,800 a year and the president makes $4,900 a year. The posts of president and vice president will be decided after the new board takes office, said Carol Mowen, the school system's spokeswoman.

Forrest and Young said they are planning to run again.

Forrest, 40, a pharmacist who will complete his first term after the election, said the focus on student achievement with the federal No Child Left Behind act is a process that he wants to continue to work on.

"I want to stay to see through the process," he said.

Young, 56, who took over the final year of former School Board member Doris J. Nipps' term in June, was appointed to the post by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich in May. Nipps was elected to a seat on the Washington County Commissioners last November.

Young, who is assistant warden at the Maryland Correctional Training Center and a part-time therapist, said he's still learning about the school system, but has confidence that through his experiences he can help to make it better.

When asked whether she will seek re-election, Ober said, "I'm not ready to make that decision right now."

Wagner said she also has not decided whether to seek re-election.

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