The voters guide in the Oct. 28 Howard Extra incorrectly listed Howard County Board of Education candidate Diane B. Mikulis as an incumbent. None of the three candidates -- Frank J. Aquino, Mikulis or Mary Kay Sigaty -- is on the board. Also, Mikulis's biography incorrectly described one of her academic degrees. She has a master's in business administration from Loyola College in Baltimore, not a bachelor's in marketing. (Published 10/29/04)

Frank J. Aquino Age: 46

Residence: Ellicott City.

Education: BA, economics, Rutgers College; MBA, Loyola College; JD, University of Baltimore.

Occupation: Vice president, general counsel of an environmental consulting and engineering company.

Elected offices/civic activities: Co-chairman, Howard County School Boundary Line Advisory Committee;

delegate, Parent-Teacher Association Council of Howard County; executive committee member, Ilchester Elementary and Bonnie Branch Middle schools PTAs; member, Howard County 2005 Spending Affordability Advisory Committee; member, Howard County Board of Education Operating Budget Review Committee; member, Countywide Citizens for the 12th High School; member, Montgomery Road Corridor Citizens for Education; director, Baltimore Chapter of American Corporate Counsel Association.

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

"Maintaining a high quality educational system, one in which every student is challenged and performs to their highest potential, in an era of shrinking resources without impacting the progress made toward providing equal opportunities for the advancement of all students. This requires finding funding for new programs aimed at improving academic performance, such as full- day kindergarten; making investment in our facilities, both new construction to alleviate crowding and the renovation of older facilities; and incorporating technological improvements into the instructional process. This will require strong leadership with everyone pulling together, including parents, the Department of Education and the board."

Why should voters elect you?

"As a father, a lawyer and an education advocate, I understand the issues, and I want every child to receive the best educational opportunities available."

Web site:

www.aquinoforboe.com

E-mail address:

aquinoforboe@aol.com

Diane B. Mikulis *

Age: 46

Residence: Ellicott City.

Education: BA, communications, University of Pittsburgh; BA, marketing, Loyola College of Baltimore.

Occupation: Writer, self-employed.

Elected offices/civic activities: Executive board member, River Hill High, Folly Quarter Middle and Triadelphia Ridge Elementary schools PTAs; volunteer, Bryant Woods Elementary School; past president, West

Friendship Elementary School PTA; former board member, PTA Council of Howard County; former member of School Boundary Lines and Primary Report Card Revision committees; public relations director and executive team member, Special Olympics Howard County; adult leader, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts; member, League of Women Voters.

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

"The most important challenge is to improve the academic performance of all students. This requires careful alignment of resources to close learning and achievement gaps, hire and retain highly qualified teachers, offer needed programs and services and to relieve overcrowding. The county continues to grow, and the needs of our students increase. With state and federal funding uncertain, we must develop a plan to accomplish what we need to within

financial constraints. Making tough decisions means gathering and analyzing all relevant information. Our children and our citizens deserve the best possible education system, so we need to focus on excellence."

Why should voters elect you?

"I offer a parent perspective, relevant business experience, 10 years' education activism and strong decision-making skills. Serving on the board will be my primary job."

Web site:

www.MikulisforBOE.com

E-mail address:

MikulisforBOE@comcast.net

Mary Kay Sigaty

Age: 54

Residence: Wilde Lake, Columbia.

Education: BA, speech and drama and secondary education, Boston College; MS, gifted and talented education, Johns Hopkins University; completed course work for Maryland certification in early childhood education at Towson University; completed Leadership Academy in Howard County public school system.

Occupation: Self-employed theater consultant; house manager, James Rouse Theatre.

Elected offices/civic activities: Education chairman, board member, Women's Giving Circle of Howard County; steering committee member, "Bridges Over Wilde Lake" grant; school improvement team member, Wilde Lake High School; member, League of Women Voters; drama volunteer, Wilde Lake High; former school improvement team member, Bryant Woods Elementary, Wilde Lake Middle schools; subcommittee chairman, Leadership Committee on School Equity; inaugural co-chairman, Boundary Lines Advisory Committee; past president, Wilde Lake Middle School PTA.

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

"The academic success of all students. The Board of Education must articulate a clear vision supported by strong policies and adequate resources, evaluate the school system's performance in meeting established goals and make changes necessary to serve our children today, not years from now. The board can do this by setting clear expectations for academic achievement; hiring and retaining qualified teachers; developing and mentoring strong administrators; ensuring that each child has the books, resources and environment to promote learning; demanding accountability for the academic performance of all of our students; and improving communication between schools and families."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will bring proven leadership, problem-solving and consensus-building skills, along with a breadth of experience and appreciation for the diversity of the community."

Web site:

www.sigaty.com

E-mail address:

mksigaty@yahoo.com