Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed two new members to the Baltimore County school board, only days after he told two current members who sought reappointment that they would be leaving the board at the end of June.
Cornelia Bright Gordon, a Towson resident who is the chief attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau in Baltimore City, and Michael J. Collins, who lives in Essex and is chairman of the State Board of Contract Appeals, are taking over positions that will be vacated on July 1 by Earnest Hines, president of the board, and Meg O'Hare.
Both Hines and O'Hare had asked for a second term on the board, but O'Malley's staff informed them this week that they would not be reappointed. Hines has questioned the decision, saying that when he was appointed in 2007 he was told he would serve until 2012.
The two appointees will be replacing members who were generally supportive of Superintendent Joe A. Hairston and come at a time of increasing scrutiny of the school system by elected officials.
Gordon does not have experience in education, but Collins spent 30 years as a history teacher, leaving Kenwood High School in 1992. Gordon served as a delegate and senator in the Maryland legislature.
James E. Coleman, a current board member, was reappointed to represent District 4. He lives in Owings Mills and had been an at-large member.
Logan McNaney, who attends Lansdowne High School, will become the student member of the board.