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School board members reappointed


Three city school board members were reappointed yesterday by Gov. Parris N. Glendening to serve their second consecutive three-year terms.

Reappointed to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners were J. Tyson Tildon, the board chairman, Colene Y. Daniel and C. William Struever.

The three were original members of the nine-member board established in 1997 as part of a city-state partnership to operate the 101,000-student school system. The reappointments have also been approved by Mayor Martin O'Malley, as required by the partnership agreement.

"These three outstanding individuals are committed to tackling the challenges facing Baltimore City schools and guiding the system into a new era of achievement," Glendening said in a statement.

The reappointments came after the school board and the American Civil Liberties Union took the state to court over school funding three months ago. The filing led to a ruling by a Baltimore circuit judge that the state was not meeting its constitutional obligation to provide city schoolchildren with an adequate education, a ruling that the state has appealed.

The city has since asked for an additional $98.7 million in state aid, on top of the $518 million it receives.

Glendening did not consider the lawsuit in making the reappointments, a spokeswoman for the governor said.

"The decision he made was based solely on the ability to best serve the needs of Baltimore City students," spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said.

Tildon, who retired last year as an associate dean at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and whose term as board chairman runs through June, said: "I'm appreciative of the confidence both the city and the state have in the efforts we've made so far."

Daniel is vice president of corporate and community services for the Johns Hopkins Health System, and Struever is a prominent Baltimore developer.

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