With three seats up for grabs on the Carroll County school board this fall, three candidates - two of them incumbents - have filed for the race, according to election board officials.
Gary W. Bauer, who joined the board in 1994 and is vice president of the panel, is seeking a fourth term. He said he wants to be re-elected so he can continue monitoring key education initiatives such as the landmark federal No Child Left Behind legislation and state assessments.
Bauer, 59, of Westminster, said he would be the board's senior member when C. Scott Stone, who has served for 14 years, leaves in December.
Stone is not seeking re-election to the school board because he is campaigning for the Republican nomination for a House of Delegates seat in District 5A.
"We need to have someone with the memory and history [of the board's work] when issues come up that we've dealt with before," said Bauer, a retired Baltimore City firefighter.
Patricia W. Gadberry, 41, of Sykesville is seeking election to a full four-year term. She was appointed in September by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to serve out the term of Laura K. Rhodes, who resigned in July. The term ends in December.
"I've enjoyed the past eight months on the board," said Gadberry, a longtime school volunteer and substitute teacher. "I've learned so much. ... I realized this is something I want to continue and hopefully be able to help the school system continue to improve."
Gadberry - who has a child each in elementary, middle and high school in Carroll - said she didn't come onto the board with a specific agenda of concerns and doesn't have a particular issue that commands her attention. She said her focus would remain on the overall progress of the school system.
George E. Maloney, 73, of New Windsor is mounting his first effort at a seat on the board. A part-time electrical and mechanical trades instructor at area community colleges for the past 30 years, Maloney said he has a passion for continuing education and a strong interest in special education.
"I have substituted quite a bit over the past few years [in Carroll and Frederick counties] and have gained a great respect for the work that special education teachers do," he said. "I'm not here to tell you I have all the answers, but I'll try to help."
A retired engineer and electrician, Maloney said he also has expertise that might bear on many of the school system's construction projects.
The nonpartisan elections for the five-member school board are staggered, with two seats open in presidential election years and three slots available in the years of gubernatorial contests. Members are elected to four-year terms.
Candidates have until July 3 to file with the county's Board of Elections.