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The Howard County Education Association will support school board candidates Delroy L. Cornick Sr. and Linda L. Johnston in the March 3 primary election.

The school employee union, which represents approximately 2,700 teachers, principals, supervisors, secretaries and instructional assistants, also endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Thomas Hattery. Hattery, a member of the state House of Delegates from Frederick County, is challenging incumbent 6th District Democratic Rep. Beverly B. Byron.

The HCEA asked school board candidates their views on national tests, collective bargaining, budget cuts and the Maryland School Performance Program. The union opposes a state proposal to divert $33 million in 1992-1993 from other education programs for MSPP.

Cornick and Johnston won endorsement in a vote last week by the association's representative council.

Karen Dunlop, HCEA vice president and chairwoman of the organization's political action committee, said the group limited its endorsements to two candidates because "there are justtwo positions open (on the board) and these are clearly our two choices."

The top four winners in the primary will face each other in the Nov. 3 general election.

James R. Swab, president of HCEA, said all eight school board candidates were sent questionnaires and invited for interviews. The five candidates interviewed were Cornick, Sandra H. French, Jerry D. Johnston, Linda L. Johnston and Debra Ann Slack-Katz. Swab said S. Melvina Brown submitted a questionnaire but wasunable to come for her interview.


Residents of Columbia's Harper's Choice village had a chance last night to hear details on a new subdivision planned for construction next to the Swansfield neighborhood.

Columbia-based Woodlot Enterprises Inc. plans to file a rezoning petition within a month that will allow it to build 120 to 135 units on 65 acres on the west side of Harper's Farm Road. The property is currently zoned for detached homes on 3-acre lots.

Woodlot president J. Thomas Scrivener said he anticipates building roads and sewer and water connections in late 1993. The developer will then sell sell lots to builders, who would probably market homesin early 1994, he said.

Plans tentatively call for a 50-foot forested buffer between the development and the Swansfield neighborhood. About 60 percent of the land can be developed because of restrictionsprohibiting building in wetlands or on steep slopes.

"We were certainly led to believe that the buffer was very, very important to these folks, and we're doing everything in our power to incorporate the buffer in our final plans," Scrivener said.

The site is known as an "outparcel" because it was not part of the land purchased by the Rouse Co. in the 1960s for Columbia.

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