The Governor has chosen Alysson Krchnavy and Dr. Leonard Wheeler to fill the two open seats on the Board of Education, circumventing the recommendations of the Harford County Board of Education Nominating Committee.
The Committee, made up of representatives from the Office of County Executive David Craig, the Harford County State Senators, the Harford County House of Delegates and the Harford County Council who had recommended retired principal Nancy Reynolds and Dr. Mohammad Reza Shahab to fill those seats.
County Councilman and Committee Chairman Richard Slutzky expressed disappointment that the work of the committee had been overruled. Slutzky noted “This demonstrates that we have no effective process for vetting or evaluating potential Board of Education candidates at the Harford County level” and that today’s announcement was a “validation of the reason why Harford County political entities and citizens are asking for an elected school board.”
Slutzky went on to say he accepted the governor’s decision and wished Krchnavy and Wheeler well, adding he hoped they would both “bring the oversight to the Board the community has hoped for.”
Alysson Krchnavy is a parent and PTA volunteer from Bel Air. Krchnavy was a participant in the Committee process, although she did not receive enough votes for a recommendation. Leonard D. Wheeler Ed.D, also of Bel Air, is retired from Baltimore City Public Schools and an Associate Professor at the College of Notre Dame. Wheeler was also a candidate for Harford County Council in District E, but lost to Slutzky in 2006.