Newspaper: Capital
Title: Officials name school appointees
Date: November 6, 2007

ANNAPOLIS – Officials yesterday announced the appointments to the county’s first School Board Nominating Commission, part of a revamped process to appoint and retain members of the county Board of Education.

The 11-member commission, formed by legislation passed earlier this year, will generate a list of candidates to fill board vacancies as they arise. Beginning next year, Gov. Martin O’Malley will select appointees from that list, and those people will face a yes-or-no vote from county residents during the general election following the appointment. Members of the commission will serve four-year terms.

Mr. O’Malley’s five appointments are:

Joshua C. Greene, an attorney from Crofton who will serve as the commission’s chairman.

Christine Davenport, a one-time Anne Arundel County teacher and assistant principal from Glen Burnie.

Lee Roy Payne, a recently retired guidance counselor from Millersville.

Matthew C. Tedesco, an attorney from Odenton.

Konrad M. Wayson of Harwood, a former school board member and the managing partner of Wayson Land Holdings.

State law says the other six members of the nominating commission should be appointed by specific organizations. Those members are:

Yevola Peters, director of minority affairs for Anne Arundel County (appointed by County Executive John R. Leopold).

Tim Mennuti, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County (appointed by the teachers’ union).

Sandra Anderson, who does community relations work for Comcast (appointed by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce).

Anita Owens, president of the County Council of PTAs (appointed by the PTA council).

Arthur Ebersberger, chairman of the Anne Arundel County Community College Board of Trustees (appointed by the board of trustees).

Richard I. Kovelant, an Annapolis attorney (appointed by the Association of Education Leaders).