Candidates were asked: 1. In your opinion what are the two major problems or issues facing local elected officials of your county?
2. What is your position on these issues? How would you change existing policies on these issues? Vote for 1 Ethel B. Hill, 45, of 5129 West Running Brook, Columbia, has served on many citizens committees and boards.
1. The partnership that must exist between local elected officials and the community at large (especially as it pertains to the identification and/or resolution of issues germane to the Howard County public school system) is nebulous and ill-defined. This cannot continue, as the electorate has become increasingly concerned about the utilization of its 51 percent tax investment as it pertains to the effectiveness of the county's public school system. In my opinion, therefore, the major issues confronting the candidates in the 1978 school board race in particular, and the County Council and county executive contenders in general are: (a) The necessity to form a meaningful partnership between county elected officials and the community over matters pertaining germane to sustaining a quality, but efficiently operated, public school system. (b) The necessity to develop short and long range plans and operable methods that are aimed at making sure that the Howard County electorate is heard, involved and informed about matters pertaining to the public educational system.
To ignore the value and importance of the partnership that must exist between the Howard County electorate and the elected officials is to ignore the voice of the taxpayer, as well as the needs of our most valuable asset - the children.
2. The policies governing the involvement of the community in the educational decision-making process require serious thought and definition. If elected, I intend to strengthen the partnership that must exist between elected officials and the community by adding clarity to those policies which currently exist for the purpose of communicating with the community. For example, I intend to strengthen the community's right to provide major input on all issues affecting the school system. I also intend to strengthen the community's right of access to all information germane to the establishment of fiscal and program goals, objectives and priorities. Finally, I intend to constantly remind the other board members that we must be steadfast in the fulfillment of our responsibility and commitment to represent the views of the community that elected us. A strong partnership becomes a major vehicle by which the public an examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the Howard County's public educational system. Stanley J. Salett, 42, of 11224 Green Dragon Court, Columbia, was education director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity.
1. The school board must become a strong independent voice on behalf of the citizens, not a rubber stamp of the administration. All schools in the county must become equal in quality.
2. I would work full time to involve citizens - parents, teachers, principals and older students - in the policy-making process. The school board should set its own agenda and have its own administrative staff.
While it is not necessary that each school be exactly like every other school, it is necessary that each school offers equal quality education. There should be comparable quality in leadership, staff, program, physical plant, equipment and supplies. Barbara L. Russell, 9474 Wandering Way, Columbia, has been chairperson of the Early Childhood Education Board and president of the Running Brook Co-op Children's Nursery.
1.(a) The growing level of bureaucratization in the school system. Resources are being channeled into administrative staff and overhead costs which could, in some cases, be more effectively used to work directly with students. (b) The responsiveness of the school staff to parent involvement and participation in policy decisions. Unfortunately, parents and citizens are not seen as a major resource for improving public education.
2. I would encourage the development of local school councils (composed of parents, teachers and local school administrators) with enough flexibility to adapt to local school and community needs. Each council would be asked to assess student and community needs and develop plans to meet those needs. Plans could include curriculum, budget and staffing requests for each school.