Wayne Foote

Wayne Foote

CUMBERLAND — Gov. Larry Hogan has some candidates to fill the empty Allegany County Board of Education seat, but his office won’t say who, how many or when they will be considered.

The Maryland State Board of Education last month removed school board member Wayne Foote on charges of misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty.

Under Maryland law, the governor "shall appoint a new member to fill any vacancy of an elected member’s position on the board for the remainder of that term and until a successor is elected and qualifies."

During his time in office, Hogan — who was sworn in on Jan. 21, 2015, and re-elected in 2018 — has filled five county school board vacancies, his spokeswoman, Shareese Churchill, said via email.

The governor’s office continues to accept applications at govappointments.maryland.gov to replace Foote.

“Only applications via website will be accepted,” Churchill said. “We have received applications, however, we do not disclose the number of applicants, names, or timing of the interview process.” 

In other ACPS news:

• The board plans to hold an executive session from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a public meeting where discussions are expected to include the review process for school delays and closures.

• The school sign made up of individual metal letters that was mounted to the Mount Savage School roof would have required 34 holes in the roofing material. After consulting with the architect and the contractor, school officials decided to not reattach the letters to the new roof. New cast aluminum letters will be mounted to the brick wall above the main entrance and will be illuminated. The original letters are being refurbished by a local business and will be mounted on the middle school wing of the building.

The roof above the school gymnasium leaked during a storm in July. The roofing contractor arranged for repairs that will include replacement of approximately 300 square feet of the flooring. 

• Projects under consideration for funding include new roofs at Bel Air Elementary School and the Center for Career & Technical Education, and replacement of the coal boilers at Washington Middle School.

• The We Are Fort Hill Committee plans to replace the veterans’ memorial at the high school stadium. The plan includes a concrete area, new flagpoles and a bronze plaque that will list Fort Hill graduates that gave their lives in the armed forces. 

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