Harford County Board of Education Member John Smilko has announced that he plans to leave the Board at the conclusion of his original five year term on June 30, 2010. Smilko, a Bel Air businessman and resident of Joppatowne, was appointed by Governor Robert Ehrlich in 2005.
During his term, Mr. Smilko was outspoken on behalf of Harford County Public Schools and regularly invoked business principles when making decisions. Often critical of politicians and employee unions, Smilko most recently predicted dire consequences for local school systems under a new law regulating public school labor negotiations in Maryland.
Smilko will not serve out a one-year extension to his term created in 2009 by legislation establishing school board elections in Harford County. Smilko said he will stay on the school board as late as August, 31, 2010 to allow for a successor to be appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley.
The school board member appointed to succeed Smilko will serve until July 1, 2011, when the first set of elected board members will take office in Harford County. The elections are part of a planned transition from a seven-member appointed school board, to a nine-member board with three appointed members and six elected members.
Below is Smilko’s bio from the HCPS Web site:
John L. Smilko, 51, in 1986 co-founded and continues to operate a Bel Air-based computer software development firm, Kramer-Smilko, Inc. Mr. Smilko, a Computer Science graduate of the University of Maryland, has been a resident of Joppatowne for 26 years. He and his wife, Peggy, have three children – Claire, 17, and Emily, 15, senior and junior, respectively, at Joppatowne High; and Dana, 13, an eigth grader at Magnolia Middle School. The avid American history buff is active in his children’s interests as a supporter of the Harford County Recreation Soccer program and a parent volunteer with the Harford County Easy Riders 4-H Club. A member of the First Lutheran Church of Gray Manor (Dundalk), he has served as Deacon and Treasurer. Mr. Smilko is a member of the Document Management Industries Association (DMIA) and was selected as an Industry Elite while being featured in the September 2003 issue of the Print Solution magazine.