Education, Government

Baltimore County seeking School Board, Ethics Review Panel members

School BusThe Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission announced on Thursday that it would be accepting applications for the four at-large seats on the Board of Education of Baltimore County.

Following the 2014 and 2017 Maryland General Assembly Sessions, the composition and selection of the Board of Education of Baltimore County changed. Beginning in 2018, rather than the current 12-member fully appointed body, the Board will include both appointed and elected members. Seven members of the school board will be elected, while four members of the Board will be appointed by the Governor. The newly created Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission has the task of selecting nominees to recommend to the Governor for the four at-large positions.

Commission Chairman Aaron Plymouth says, “Interested Baltimore County residents are urged to submit applications.”

The application form is available online: http://www.bcps.org/board/bcsb-nominating-commission.html. Applications will be accepted through March 16, 2018.

Applications can be mailed to the Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission, c/o Debi Decker, 6901 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204.

Candidate interviews, which will be held in public, are scheduled for:

April 23 – Milford Mill Academy
May 7 – Perry Hall High School
May 21 – Loch Raven High School
June 4 – Dundalk High School
June 25 – Catonsville High School

Interview times will be announced at a later date.

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The Board of Education of Baltimore County is also seeking interested volunteer citizens to fill vacancies on its Ethics Review Panel.

The Panel serves as an advisory body to the Board for purposes of interpreting its Ethics Code policies. The panel consists of five members appointed by the Board of Education.

To be eligible for consideration for these vacancies, an applicant must be a US citizen who is a resident of Baltimore County; at least 18 years of age; not hold or be a candidate for any elected or appointed office; not be an incumbent member of the Board, an employee, or the spouse of such person; and not be a registered lobbyist for any organization that may create a conflict of interest.

Applicants interested in being considered for appointment to the Ethics Review Panel should send a completed application no later than February 16, 2018, to: Board of Education of Baltimore County, 6901 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204 ATTN: Ethics Review Panel Vacancy. Applications may also be sent by fax to 410-887-4118 or by electronic mail to: ethics@bcps.org. Finalists may be required to undergo a routine background check.

For additional information regarding these vacancies, please contact Margaret-Ann Howie, general counsel, at 443-809-4060.

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