Baltimore County school board initially deadlocks on vote
Baltimore County's school board members rarely disagree in public. In fact, in the six or eight months since I started covering the board I can't remember a long public debate over any issue. Last night, however, the members deadlocked on who should become the vice president. Two members, Meg O'Hare and Ed Parker, were both nominated. O'Hare received four votes and Parker five votes, but no one had the seven votes needed to win the seat.
After the meeting, Parker said in an interview that he believed it was healthy for the board to have a debate (in private) about who should be leading the board in the next year. But he would not disclose what the discussion had been about in private.
Earnest Hines, who was on vacation yesterday, was unanimously elected president of the board. He wrote a letter to the board expressing his interest in the position in advance, Parker said.