School Board Opposes Switch to Elected Body
Appointed members voted Tuesday in opposition to state legislation that would change the structure.
The Baltimore County Board of Education voted at its meeting on Tuesday night to oppose legislation that would put some school board seats up for election.
Senate Bill 141 would establish a hybrid school board made up of elected and appointed board members. Currently, all school board members for Baltimore County are appointed by the governor. Members of the Baltimore County delegation have introduced similar bills in the past.
Board members said they welcome the establishment of a committee to study the issue, but voted to lobby against the legislation.
In opposing the legislation, the board also approved a document stating that “creating a board structure composed mostly of elected members would unnecessarily politicize an efficient process that must remain focused on ensuring sound education policy for all Baltimore County students, avoiding the potential for narrow geographic focus and special interest groups’ agendas.”
The vote on the legislation was part of a series of votes that took place establishing positions on many other education-related bills before the Maryland General Assembly.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board of Education approved the operating budget for the 2012 fiscal year, which is $1.6 billion. The budget calls for the freezing of 196 positions and a 5 percent reduction in school budgets.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the margin by which the budget passed. One member, Michael Bowler, abstained. Patch regrets the error.