When the Maryland General Assembly convenes for its 2019 session next week, Howard County’s delegation will tackle an agenda that’s been forming for the past several months — and will have a few new faces to help carry it out.
The remaining two board members would serve at-large, representing the entire county, and would be elected by all county voters. School board candidates would decide whether to run for a district seat or an at-large seat.
Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, a Democrat who represents Howard County, sponsored the bill. She sponsored a similar bill in 2016, though it failed to clear the legislature.
Atterbeary has said the reasoning behind modifying the school board election is “about geographical diversity, to make sure there is fair representation on the school board and to make it easier and less burdensome for someone to run for school board.”
The delegate could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday.
The bill will now advance to various committees and subcommittees, then to the House and Senate floor.
The delegation also decided to form a work group regarding a proposal to increase impact fees to developers.
Atterbeary is proposing to allow for the Howard County Council to increase the amount of money being charged to developers when they build new residential developments. The money goes directly into the school’s system construction fund.
The work group will consist of Atterbeary; Del. Jen Terrasa, a Democrat who represents District 13; Democrat Eric Ebersole of District 12; and Del. Warren Miller, a Republican who represents portions of Howard County in District 9A.