Haughey won’t seek second term

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

County school board President Charles Haughey will not stand for re-election this year.

Haughey (At large) of Rockville said he made the decision ‘‘after a weekend poll” of family members, including his wife, Barbara E. Haughey, a principal at Ashburton Elementary School in Bethesda.

‘‘Our grandchildren are growing up much too fast and they’re in Charlotte,” Haughey said Tuesday. ‘‘If I have a four-year commitment to the board, [Barbara] has a four-year commitment at her school.”

Haughey said his wife has no plans to leave Ashburton, but added that he has been nudging her toward retirement.

Haughey, who was elected in 2002, is the second board member in a week to announce that he will not seek a second term. Last week, Gabriel Romero (Dist. 1) of Montgomery Village said he will not stand for re-election.

There are four seats up for election: District 1, District 3, District 5 and at large. Board members Nancy Navarro (Dist. 5) of Silver Spring and Patricia B. O’Neill (Dist. 3) of Bethesda have filed for candidacy in their respective districts.

Haughey said he would regret not being able to see reforms to the school system’s sex education curriculum and to middle schools programs through to their fruition.

He added that with the board negotiating new contracts with the school system’s three employees unions next year, as well as Superintendent Jerry D. Weast and his top administrative staff, ‘‘now is not a time to be selfish.”

‘‘I’ve reached this decision slowly and reluctantly because it is difficult to turn away from work the board is doing,” Haughey wrote in an e-mail to friends and board colleagues. ‘‘I am confident that we are on the right track with respect to a stronger health education curriculum, more efficacious community engagement in strategic planning and budget processes and a more defensible grading and reporting policy. I’d like to help complete the work on these issues.”

Three candidates have filed to run for the seat being vacated by Haughey: Shirley Brandman, a former vice president with the county’s council of PTAs from Bethesda, John Horan Latham of North Bethesda and Arquilla Ridgell of Silver Spring.

The filing deadline is July 3.

Elections board seeks help

Tomorrow, June 1, is the deadline for students to apply to serve as aides at polling places on Election Day.

Students in grades 6 to 12 can receive service learning credits while assisting election judges in a variety of tasks on Election Day, Nov. 7.

Students and parents must attend a training session in July or August. U.S. citizenship is not required. Students who are bilingual or who know American Sign Language are encouraged to apply.

Send the student’s and parent’s or guardian’s full name and e-mail address, home address, phone number(s), school name and address, grade level for fall 2006 and a shift preference. Shifts will be from 6:30 to10:30 a.m. and from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. If bilingual or fluent in sign language, please list the languages the student speaks.

Deliver applications to Gilberto A. Zelaya, Future Voters Initiative, at the Board of Elections at 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville or send by e-mail to Gilberto.zelaya@montgomerycountymd.gov or by fax at 240-777-8632.

Call 240-777-VOTE (8683).

Teacher immersion

Johns Hopkins University will present information about a teacher training program offered by the university and the county school system from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 14 at 9601 Medical Center Drive in Rockville.

The two-year professional immersion master’s program pays for qualified candidates’ tuition, books and fees after the first semester.

Participants earn a degree and Maryland teaching certification while gaining classroom experience.

Information sessions begin every half-hour.

Call 301-294-7040 or go to www.teach.jhu.edu.

Special ed meetings

A committee reviewing the school system’s special education staffing plan will meet three times in June and July.

The committee will review the staffing plan, hear a briefing on next year’s budget, enrollment projections and expected needs, and make recommendations for improvements as part of the budget process.

Meetings will be held in Room 114 in the Carver Educational Services Center at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville on:

*Monday from 4 to 6 p.m.

*June 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

*July 6 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Meetings are open, but public comments will be heard only on June 28. Sign up for three-minute speaking slots by calling Barbara Haste at 301-279-3166. Individuals should provide a written summary of their testimony.

To provide written comments only, send them by June 28 to Barbara Haste, Department of Special Education Operations, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 225, Rockville, MD 20850.

The special education staffing plan is available at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org⁄departments⁄specialed⁄infomcps.shtm.