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Bill Introduced To Give Local Officials Authority To Fill Vacant Board Of Education Seats

February 17th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

With four vacancies on the Allegany County Board of Education in the last 11 years filled by gubernatorial appointments- the Western Maryland Legislative Delegation introduced a bill at the start of the 2020 General Assembly Session that would place those decisions in the hands of local officials. Currently, when a seat on the Allegany County Board of Education is vacated for any reason during a member’s term, a replacement is appointed by the governor. That happened most recently when, in October, the state removed BOE member Wayne Foote from office for misconduct. It took nearly two months for the post to be filled by the governor, who selected veteran educator Edward Root to fill the vacancy. In the past decade prior to that action, three board members passed away while serving terms on the board was were replaced via gubernatorial appointment. The bill introduced this session would place those decisions in the hands of the Allegany County Commissioners.  State Senator George Edwards said the legislation is moving through the House and Senate and he expects it to be approved…

2 Responses to “Bill Introduced To Give Local Officials Authority To Fill Vacant Board Of Education Seats”

  1. February 17, 2020 at 9:13 am, Kevin said:

    Not a good idea. The governor’s appointment is usually the only way to maintain sanity on Washington Street. The mental images of who the locals would pick for the board are scary at the least, horrible at their best. Bad bill, let’s hope it fails – hard.

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  2. February 17, 2020 at 7:36 pm, John said:

    What is the HB or SB #?

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