Manlove wants to bring ex­pe­ri­ence to school board

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ELK­TON

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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Wil­liam Manlove is run­ning for re-elec­tion to the Ce­cil County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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