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There’s a good chance Gov. Martin O’Malley’s two appointees to the Harford County Board of Education won’t be selected in time to participate in the public input hearings on the comprehensive elementary redistricting plan.

They will, however, be serving on the board when the redistricting plan is scheduled to be adopted March 1.

The new members could also enter the picture shortly before, or after, the school board votes on the superintendent’s 2011-12 school year budget, which may include raises for all of the school system’s 5,000-plus employees.

Under the new partially-elected school board law, O’Malley needs to appoint two members to the board — expanding the board from seven members to nine — within 90 days of the general election, which would be early February, according an advisor for the governor’s office.

No appointments have been made as of yet, but they have been in the works, Pat Foerster, education policy advisor for the governor’s office, said Tuesday.

“In my mind the deadline is the end of January,” Foerster said. “No one has told me we are waiting the full 90 days. I expect we want to take care of it as soon as possible in to order to make sure we meet the letter of the law.”

While O’Malley decides on his appointments, the school board will move forward with the redistricting process, hosting three regional public hearings in the next three weeks.

The school board has the final say on the redistricting plan that will be implemented at the start of the 2011-12 school year in August.

The plan has drawn fire from numerous parents, specifically in the northern end of the county, who do not want their children uprooted from their elementary schools and sent to a different school several miles away.

If O’Malley waits until the end of January to make the appointments, the two new members will begin serving one month before the redistricting plan is expected to be adopted.

In the next two weeks, the school board is scheduled to adopt Superintendent Robert Tomback’s $449 million operating budget for the 2011-12 school year.

Tomback’s proposed budget includes pay increases for all of the school system employees — funding for which will be provided by the taxpayers.

The school board appointees could begin serving as the budget work is wrapping up or right after it’s approved.

In the transition from an appointed board to a partially-elected board, three members were elected in November. Two of those members — Rick Grambo, of Pylesville, representing District D, northern Harford County, and Bob Frisch, of Joppatowne, representing District A, Edgewood and Joppatowne — began serving in December, filling the vacancies left by Robin Rich and John Smilko, who resigned from their seats.

Cassandra Beverley, of Abingdon, was elected to serve the District B Fallston/Abingdon seat. Her term will begin July 1 when the term of Thomas Evans, who is in the seat, expires.

Rich, Smilko and Evans all declined to stand for election in November.

The transition to a partially-elected school board will be completed in the 2014 election, when three board members representing county council districts C, Bel Air and Forest Hill; E, Aberdeen and Churchville; and F, Havre de Grace and Riverside are elected.

Those seats are held by Alysson Krchnavy, Leonard Wheeler and Don Osman, respectively.

The governor will also appoint a third new board member, in addition to refilling the two seats he will fill between now and early February.


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