Barbara Craig

Photo not available.

Age: 45

Residence: Frederick

Education: BA, management science, Duke University; MS, taxation, Georgetown University.

Occupation: Owner, Craig Consulting.

Elected offices/civic activities: Past president, Yellow Springs Parent Teacher Association; former board member, Frederick Festival of the Arts; former board member, Friends of Baker Park; past secretary and treasurer, Frederick County Housing Trust; member, Tasker's Chance Garden Club.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The most urgent issue and greatest challenge facing the Frederick County Board of Education is the need to achieve the appropriate balance between quality education and cost. The standard for education continues to rise due to federal and state mandates. Unfortunately, the federal and state funding needed to meet these mandates is lagging, such as the shortfall in funding for No Child Left Behind. This shortfall is further compounded by the past and projected growth of Frederick County. The Board of Education and the Board of County Commissioners will need to work together to fill this gap."

Why should voters elect you?

"I offer a financial background that can address the need for balance, grounded by my parental involvement in education and former PTA experience."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

None given.

Donna J. Crook *

Age: 43

Residence: Monrovia.

Education: AA, business management, Green Mountain College; graduate, Foxboro Police Academy; completed courses in law enforcement at Worcester Police Academy and Massachusetts Police Academy and in special education training at Orton-Gillingham.

Occupation: Retired police officer; teacher, Friendship School; mother of three children.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Frederick County Board of Education, 2003-present; past president and vice president, Kemptown Elementary PTA.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"We have several urgent problems. One is growth. We are one of the fastest-growing counties in Maryland and are having difficulties handling the pace of the growth educationally. We have been building, on average, two schools a year, and they have been near capacity when they opened. Other problems have been in educational subgroups, many not making enough progress, with great concerns in special education and reading. Also, funding has played a role. Just to name a few."

Why should voters elect you?

"I work for you, I listen, and I care. I am a parent, teacher, citizen, taxpayer. I am fiscally responsible. I put children first."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

donnac4boe@adelphia.net

Katie Groth *

Age: 63

Residence: Frederick County.

Education: BA and MA, speech and language pathology, University of Maryland.

Occupation: Retired speech and language pathologist, Frederick County public schools.

Elected offices/civic activities: Appointed member, Frederick County Board of Education, May 1-present; former president, Thomas Johnson Middle School and Frederick High School PTAs; past president and founding member, Advocates for Academic and Creative Excellence; former board member, Scott Key Center; member, Eastview Community Center.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Frederick County is a rapidly growing county. We have the need to build new schools, of course. But just as importantly, we must be sure that our older schools are renovated and improved so that all children have equal educational opportunities in modern, well-equipped schools."

Why should voters elect you?

"For 37 years, I have been a Frederick County parent advocate and classroom professional. My passion is caring about kids and using taxpayer dollars wisely."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

ktslp@aol.com