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Committee to review nominations for school board seat

April 08, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY

A committee will review nominations for a Washington County Board of Education seat that will become vacant next week.

The deadline for nominations is May 1.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., the chairman of Washington County's delegation in the Maryland General Assembly, said Friday that the review committee will have seven members.

Each of the following groups will choose one member to be on the committee:

n the Washington County Council of PTAs

n the Washington County Commissioners

n the school board

n Washington County's state delegates

n Washington County's state senators

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n the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

n the Washington County Citizens Advisory Council.

W. Edward Forrest announced last week that he'd resign from his school board seat, effective April 16.

Forrest, a pharmacist at Martin's Food Market on Dual Highway, said he accepted a job promotion.

He will oversee about 35 pharmacies in a four-state region for Giant-Carlisle, the parent company of Martin's, and the job will entail a lot of traveling, he said.

Forrest was elected to the school board in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. His current term expires next year.

The governor appoints a replacement when a seat opens on a local school board.

The governor's pick is based on three choices that are forwarded from the local county. State law does not specify how the county comes up with its list.

In 2002, when Doris J. Nipps resigned from the school board to become a county commissioner, Washington County's General Assembly delegation organized a similar committee to consider replacements.

Ten people applied, and the committee narrowed the field to three.

In May 2003, then-Gov. Robert Ehrlich appointed W. Princeton Young to fill the vacancy.

"Though it is ultimately Governor O'Malley's appointment, I am very pleased that he supports using the same process that was created in 2002," Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, said in a written statement announcing the committee. "It's an effective process and one that will allow many groups to come together with one voice in this selection."

Those seeking the board seat must submit a cover letter and rsum to Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan's office by May 1.

The annual salary for board members is $5,600.

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