As the July 6 deadline approaches, two more candidates have filed to run for the Harford County Board of Education. Bob Frisch, a public school teacher in Baltimore County, is running in District A (Edgewood/Joppa). Lorrie Warfield, a stay-at-home mother, is the first candidate to file in District D (North Harford).
At least one candidate has filed in each of the three Harford councilmanic districts where in-district school board elections will be held this fall. To date, only District A has two candidates, Edgewood Pastor Tony McDonald and Frisch.
Bob Frisch, 55, retired from the Baltimore City Police Department and is currently a social studies teacher at Kenwood High School in Baltimore County and working toward a Masters Degree at the College of Notre Dame. A resident of Joppa for 47 years, Frisch has been active in PTA, Parks and Rec. and Boy Scouts.
Frisch wrote in an e-mail that he is running because, “I believe the current school board is inaccessible and not responsive to stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, community groups). Some board policies do not serve the best interests of students and make instruction more difficult for teachers in the classroom. The board has acted too much like a rubber stamp for the Superintendent and not shown the willingness to raise questions and challenge the Superintendent on budget and policy matters. In a few years I will have a grandson attending Harford County schools. I want the school system to be better than it currently is when he gets there.”
Lorrie Warfield, 30, has two children in Harford County Public Schools and a degree in criminal justice from Harford Community College. The Pylesville resident is pursing a second degree in political science and plans to serve as the PTA secretary at Norrisville Elementary School in the fall.
Warfield said she was running because, “I see a lot of abuses in the school system” and listed Everyday Math as a program that was implemented without input. She said the schools need to “go back to basics”. Regarding the budget, Warfield said “I’d like to cut some of the fluff”, adding that she supports teachers and is concerned about recent increases to their healthcare costs. Warfield concluded, “We’re educating the leaders of tomorrow. To educate them correctly and to the best of our abilities is one of the most important things we can do.”