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Primary Election 2006

August 18, 2006

Candidate forums held Wednesday and Thursday at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater will be rebroadcast on Antietam Cable channel 19 multiple times between now and the Sept. 12 primary election.

Twenty-four candidates - 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats - are running for five seats on the commission. Twenty-three of the candidates participated in a forum Wednesday.

That forum will air at 8 p.m. on Antietam Cable channel 19 on Thursday, Aug. 24; Tuesday, Aug. 29; and Tuesday, Sept. 5.

On Thursday, candidates for the board of education, sheriff, state's attorney and House of Delegates Subdistrict 2C participated.

Thursday's forum will air at 8 p.m. on channel 19 on Friday, Aug. 25; Thursday, Aug. 31; and Thursday, Sept. 7.

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Both forums will air back to back on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.

The forums were sponsored by The Herald-Mail, The League of Women Voters of Washington County, Hagerstown Community College and Antietam Cable.




Candidates for Board of Education



Paul W. Bailey, 72, Hagerstown (i)

Plan to improve education: Recruit and retain the most qualified teachers. Improve recruitment and training for teachers.

Opinion of the school system's magnet program: Supports magnet schools, particularly at the elementary school level.

Views on the federal No Child Left Behind Act: It is and should be a rigorous and difficult mandate. It puts tremendous stress on teachers, in particular, to help students reach the requirements. The county is meeting the challenge.

Final comment: "I believe in providing a quality education for all students. I am passionate about education in Washington County."

Ruth Anne Callaham, 56, Hagerstown

Opinion on public/private partnerships: North Hagerstown High School stadium has shown the school system can use these to reach the sky. They can be used for facilities enhancement and maintenance projects.

Opinion of the school system's magnet program: Fabulous. Students must have choices so they can grow and learn in a way that helps them.

Views on the federal No Child Left Behind Act: Test scores are up, but teachers might have a different view. The county will need to work with state and other officials to get the best results.

Final comment: "I want to ask the tough questions at all levels. (I want to) get back to basics."

Jacqueline Fischer, 60, Clear Spring (i)

Most critical problem facing school system: Growth. Work with county commissioners and form a plan to address growth. Shift costs to new residents and developers.

Position on restructuring problem schools: Eastern Elementary had tremendous success. Turned scores around. Need to do a study on a case-by-case basis.

Views on the federal No Child Left Behind Act: Unfunded mandate and placed pressure on teachers and funds due to programs needed to close achievement gap.

Final comment: "I have firsthand experience in making tough decisions that took this school system from 15th to fourth or fifth in the state."

Tom Janus, 64, Hagerstown

Tom Janus did not attend the forum.

Gerard T. Kendle, 41, Hagerstown

Plan to improve education: You can't fix anything until you know what's broken. Speak to teachers and staff. It's important to work together to solve problems. Work as a corporation.

Position on restructuring problem schools: Made significant leaps for those schools. Make sure to monitor all schools scores and not let any slip.

Views on federal No Child Left Behind Act: It is a challenge, and the school system has come a long way. Enable the teachers to do what they need to do. They need all of our support.

Final comment: "It's about service and serving the community, and that's what I'm about."

Wayne M. Kretzer Jr., 38, Hagerstown

Most critical problem facing school system: Growth. We need to keep the best teachers in the county to teach our students.

Opinion of the school system's magnet program: It has done good things and can only get better. We need to learn from it.

Views on the federal No Child Left Behind Act: Created undo stress on teachers but it is a good idea in the long run. It will work out for students.

Final comment: "Education is the No. 1 priority in the county. The second is fitness, health and safety. There are ways to help get our students back to the fitness that we need. I'd like to see them encouraged to get back to fitness."

Gary E. Nally, 48, Williamsport

Opinion on public/private partnerships: Should be aggressively pursued to reduce the burden on the school system and taxpayers.

Position on restructuring problem schools: Closely monitor schools that are slipping so a complete restructuring will not be needed.

Views on the federal No Child Left Behind Act: A burden and a challenge. Provide funding that will allow the county to continue meeting the challenge.

Final comment: "I look forward to working as a board member to have a greater role in the challenges that we face due to growth and the facilities that we now have. Fifty percent of schools are at or over capacity."

Virginia Powers, 46, Hagerstown

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