Manlove wants to bring experience to school board
— Though he graduated decades ago, William Manlove has spent much of his five years on the Cecil County Board of Education “going to class.”
Manlove tries to visit all 29 of the county’s schools every year to get firsthand knowledge about what goes on in the classroom and see new policies and programs in practice. He believes that this approach, coupled with his past experience as a county commissioner, make him well suited to retain his spot on the school board.
“I think I still have some experience that will help the county,” Manlove said.
Manlove is running against Kevin Emmerich, a retired Verizon supervisor/projects manager, to keep his District 1 school board seat, which covers the Elkton area south of Route 40 and all of the southern county.
Early voting began Thursday and runs through Nov. 3 with the general election scheduled for Nov. 8. All voters can cast their ballot in the BOE race regardless of what district they live in.
A former member of the Cecil County Board of Commissioners, Manlove was first appointed to a vacant school board seat in
November 2011 and was elected to a full term in 2012.
If re-elected, Manlove said he hopes to focus on cutting down the system’s nearly $50 million in deferred maintenance by working closely with county officials and by finding ways to get more companies to submit bids for projects to bring down the costs.
The county was a big help in funding some deferred maintenance projects this past budget cycle, and Manlove said he hopes that will continue. He believes his past experience as a county commissioner helps him work on these issues since he understands where the current county council is coming from and the decisions they face.
“It truly bothers me that we have so much deferred maintenance and each year the price goes up,” he said. “If we work very close together, everybody is going to come out ahead.”
If re-elected, Manlove would also play a role in developing the 2017-2018 school calendar. Manlove said he doesn’t agree with Gov. Larry Hogan’s mandate that schools start after Labor Day because he believes it should be left up to the local boards. However, he said he thinks the school board needs to make an effort to comply with the order even though it may be difficult.
In his time on the board, Manlove said the biggest accomplishment was the opening of the new Cecil County School of Technology on Appleton Road, which he’d eventually like to see become a comprehensive high school. Manlove would also like to see CCPS help more students get internships and apprenticeships because he’s heard from many employers who have hired CCST graduates that know the trade but quit after a couple weeks because they’re not used to the hard work.
While budgets and policy dominate board meetings, Manlove said visiting schools remains his favorite part of being a school board member. On his visits, Manlove said he’s always impressed by the candor of the teachers and administrators and by the students’ enthusiasm for learning. He recently visited Elk Neck, North East, Kenmore and Leeds elementary schools to learn about the system’s new Bookworms reading program and EnVisions math program and he plans to visit a few middle schools next to learn about the history programs.
“I enjoy visiting the schools and sitting in the classrooms and watching the students’ reactions,” he said.
A lifelong resident of Cecil County, Manlove currently lives on a farm outside of Earleville with his wife of 58 years. Both his children and grandchildren are CCPS graduates and Manlove graduated from Cecilton High School before attending Western Maryland College and the University of Wisconsin. He also served in the U.S. Army.
William Manlove is running for re-election to the Cecil County Board of Education.