"I don't think that anybody has really been on the school board that represents" educational support personnel, he said. "I always thought it'd be nice to have someone represent our group. We have a large group."
Washington County Educational Support Personnel Inc. has about 500 members, including bus drivers; mechanics; maintenance, custodial, information technology and food service workers; secretaries; and teachers' aides, according to T. Scott Miller, an official with the union.
Staley said he would represent students, all three employee groups and taxpayers. He said he would "micromanage" from the superintendent down.
Staley said he's also interested in getting some vocational programs back in public schools. He said the public school system didn't have plumbing, masonry, machine shop, HVAC repair or welding, and the greenhouse program only operated in the spring.
Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent for curriculum, school administration and improvement, said the school system has a partnership with the Barr Construction Institute, which offers plumbing and HVAC. Washington County Technical High students can participate at the institute, she said.
There is no longer a specific program for welding, but other technical programs offer welding skills, according to Hanlin and George Phillips, supervisor of career and technology programs. Similarly, masonry is no longer a specific program but some masonry skills are included in a carpentry program at South Hagerstown High, Phillips said.
Horticultural programs are offered at various high schools, Phillips said.
School board members elected in November will serve four-year terms and will receive $6,100 a year. If one of the newly elected members becomes board president, the annual salary will be $6,200.
James W. Staley
Address: 1116 Fairview Road, Hagerstown
Education: Graduated from Clear Spring High School, 1983
Occupation: Disability retirement started in June after 24 1/2 years working for the Washington County Board of Education; custodial and maintenance jobs.
Party affiliation: Democrat, but the race is nonpartisan
Political experience: None