Anne Arundel delegation backs mix of elected, appointed seats on school board

The Anne Arundel County lawmakers have voted in favor of a bill that would change the makeup the of county's school board from all-appointed to a mix of elected and appointed, according to Del. Steve Schuh, the bill's co-sponsor.

The county delegation in Annapolis voted unanimously Friday to support the measure, Schuh said. Under House bill 703, the hybrid school board would be composed of five elected seats and four appointed seats. Currently, board members are selected from a pool of nominees by a committee then appointed by the governor.

Sponsors Schuh, a Republican from Gibson Island, and Del. Tony McConkey, a Republican from Severna Park, are among several Anne Arundel lawmakers who in recent years have worked to pass legislation to change the selection process of the school board.

"I am very grateful for that show of bi-partisan support. We have been working on the bill for many years, refining it and making it a better bill," Schuh said. "I think we all recognize that it is important that the citizens of Anne Arundel County to have a school board that is directly accountable to the citizens of our county."

Schuh said the next step is for the bill to be forwarded to the House Ways and Means Committee. If it passes there, it would advance to the House.

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