At least three candidates will compete next fall for two open seats on the county school board, and 14 others may file by the deadline Monday.

Fourteen people have picked up candidate forms, in addition to the three who filed last week -- Ellicott City resident Sandra H. French and Columbia residents Delroy L. Cornick Sr. and Linda L. Johnston.

Board members Karen B. Campbell and Ruth Y. Hutchinson plan to retire from the five-member board when their six-year terms end next December.

If five or more candidates run, the March 3 primary will narrow the field to four, said Barbara W. Feaga, county elections administrator.

The general election is Nov. 3. School board races are non-partisan.

The three candidates who have entered the race are all educators.

Cornick, 63, is a professor of business and management at Morgan State University. Johnston, 49, is an associate professor of health education at Howard Community College. French, 48, of Ellicott City, is a former high school English teacher in Anne Arundel County and a substitute teacher in the county school system.

Johnston said she is familiar with the resources required to run schools and can listen to people and make rational decisions. She has taught inelementary, junior high and high schools as well as in college.

Johnston has been elected to offices in professional associations and the community college faculty association. She produces and is host of a health program on the local education television channel, Cable 8, and is a marathon runner. She finished Marine Corps marathons in 1988, 1990 and 1991, covering the 26-mile course in an average 4 1/2 hours.

Johnston has lived in Howard County for 11 years. She and herhusband, William, have a daughter, Karlyn, 21, a student at West Virginia University, and a son, Derek, 20, a student at Western MarylandCollege. Both are Hammond High School graduates.

Cornick said hisbackground in economics and administration will be an asset in tougheconomic times. He was associate superintendent for budget and executive management in the Washington, D.C., school system from 1968 to 1972 and has taught at Morgan State since 1973, with leaves of absenceto serve as director of training for industrial hygienists and safety engineers with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and as executive assistant to the university president.

He plans to retire from the university Dec. 31.

Cornick has been a county resident for 22 years. He and his wife, Janet, have four children: three are graduates of county public schools and the fourth is a seventh-grader at Patuxent Valley Middle School.

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