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Commissioners support at-large School Board

February 15, 2006|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners said Tuesday they plan to support the Board of Education's position against electing School Board members by district.

School Board members asked for the support at a joint meeting Tuesday.

The Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly has talked about forming a task force to study a possible switch from electing School Board members at large to districts.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, has said constituents from Boonsboro asked for the changes because they didn't feel they were being adequately represented.

"If they come to you asking for a nod of approval, we would appreciate some consideration," School Board President W. Edward Forrest told the commissioners, referring to the delegation.

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"If that happens, we will share with them our thoughts," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

Commissioner John C. Munson said he thought it would be best if the School Board is left the way it is.

School Board Vice President Jacqueline B. Fischer said that if a task force were formed, she would want it to consist of residents who hold a neutral position on the issue and who have no interest in running for elected office.

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