Alysson L. Krchnavy

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Alysson L. Krchnavy
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Board member, Harford County Board of Education, District C
Incumbent
Term ends
June 2015
Years in position 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedAugust 2011
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sGrove City College
Personal
ProfessionBranch office administrator
Websites
Office website
Alysson L. Krchnavy currently represents District C on the Harford County Board of Education in Maryland. She was first appointed to the board in August 2008.[1] Krchnavy advanced from a primary election on June 24, 2014 to face challenger Joseph L. Voskuhl the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Krchnavy earned a B.A. in business administration and marketing from Grove City College. She currently works as a senior branch office administrator at Edward Jones. Krchnavy and her husband, Ronald, have one child who currently attends district schools.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Harford County Public Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

The June 24, 2014 primary ballot included primaries for Districts B, C, D, E and F with the top two vote recipients in each primary advancing to the general election on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Robert "Bob" Frisch and challenger Laura Runyeon defeated Greg Johnson in District B. District C incumbent Alysson L. Krchnavy and challenger Joseph L. Voskuhl advanced to the general election by defeating John Anker. Nancy Reynolds will face challenger Mike Simon in her bid for another term in District D after defeating challengers Chris Scholz and Tishan D. Weerasooriya in the primary. The primary race for District E resulted in board member Arthur Kaff and newcomer Rachel Gauthier defeating Stephen Eric Macko and Barney Michel. Macko dropped out of the race after the withdrawal deadline and his name still appeared on the ballot. District F incumbent Thomas Fitzpatrick and Michael R. Hitchings will square off in the general election after defeating Joe Fleckenstein in the primary.

The District A race advanced to the general election without a primary as newcomers Frederick A. Mullis and Jansen M. Robinson were the only candidates to file for the seat.

This is the first time that county voters will select members of the Harford County Board of Education. Board members were appointed by the governor prior to a 2009 state law that turned six of the nine board seats into elected positions. There were board elections for two-year terms in Districts A, B and D in November 2010. Victorious candidates in the general election will take office in July 2015 along with three newly appointed members.[2]

Results

Harford County Public Schools, District C Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph L. Voskuhl 40.6% 1,929
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlysson L. Krchnavy Incumbent 35.4% 1,684
     Nonpartisan John Anker 24% 1,139
Total Votes 4,752
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 25, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Funding

Krchnavy has reported no contributions or expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections as of June 10, 2014.[3]

Endorsements

Krchnavy received an endorsement from The Baltimore Sun prior to the primary election.[4]

Campaign themes

2014

Krchnavy explained her themes for the 2014 race in an interview with The Baltimore Sun:

Q: How will you address the budget issues that each year leave Harford County Public Schools millions of dollars short of what school system officials say they need to operate?

Educating our children in our public school system is not cheap. We educate all children ... ALL CHILDREN. I will contine to advocate for adequate funding for our students and staff. I have repeatedly highlighted the numerous "unfunded mandates" that our school system must comply with on an annual basis. I have done this through participating in the legislative process, and by speaking about these challenges locally to our leaders in the county. I have been direct in requesting a salary study of our employees. It is in process now. I look for efficiencies in our benefits programs and support developing and implementing a wellness program that would encourage positive healthy choices for our staff, and ultimately reduce our costs for reactive care. The generation of revenue for our school system through "Activity Fees" is just wrong. I have never supported this as an option and will not support it in the future. Sports, clubs, drama productions, and similar school programs are necessary pieces to a well rounded academic experience. No student should have to pay a fee to participate in those opportunities. Of course, I am not willing to sacrifice our arts education to this budget shortfall. School systems are laying aside their band, orchestra, and vocal programs. I will not support that as a solution here in Harford County.

Q: In the wake of years of tragedies committed in schools across the country, please explain your position on school safety and security and what, if anything, should be done in Harford County Public Schools.

Our number one priority has got to be the safety and security of our students and staff. Kids can not learn in an environment where they do not feel safe. This at the front of my mind in every decision I make. Certainly, I would continue to support our partnership with the Harford County Sheriff's office, and the local municipalities of Havre de Grace, and Aberdeen who provide HCPS with great school resource officers. In addition, I carefully consider safety precautions and funding for our safety and security as we embark on various capital building projects.

Q: What is your position on two controversial cost savings measures – ending bus transportation waivers for students who live close to school and having tiered schedules in elementary schools to save on the number of buses needed.

Neither of these measures were popular... And with good reason. I support these decisions and here is why: These measures did allow HCPS to preserve teaching positions in our classrooms. HCPS class sizes are growing due to the repeated underfunding of our operating budget. It is not ideal to have a classroom over packed with children and expect quality learning to move forward each day. The way these measures had to be implemented because of the budget cycle timing was egregious last year. THAT, I wish could have been different. Although the communities that had to deal with these measures would not be happy - at least if they had been given more notice of the change, the adjustment might have been less shocking.

Q: How will you address student achievement in all ages in the various testing programs?

We must continue to provide highly qualified, motivated instructional staff for our students. It was my joy to support the appointment of Mrs. Barbara Canavan as the Harford County Public Schools Superintendent. She is an experienced and caring instructional leader and I trust her to move this system forward. I have repeatedly supported the recruiting of great, local, educational talent. It is always important to highlight the "gaps" in achievement. I look for those gaps and ask our staff what is being done to address the challenge. I support intervention programs that give our students a chance to be even more successful. I support professional development for our staff to prepare them to deliver the best instruction possible for our students. In addition I look for partnerships with area organizations like the Harford County Boys and Girls Clubs , and the "Boys to Men" programs to bring resources and support to our students day in, and day out.

Q: How has HCPSS performed in implementing the Common Core state standards? Should anything be done differently as the school system continues its implementation?

HCPS is doing the best it can with the implementation of Common Core. We were already well on our way even before these standards came out. Our staff continues to work tirelessly to address the many evaluation pieces of this program, as well as ramping our technology to meet the needs of our students. It's not an easy task. Communication regarding the standards, and the changes should always be refined and repeated. We (HCPS) have got to be able to make clarifiable answers available to our families, our communities and our students themselves.


[5]

The Baltimore Sun, (2014), [6]

About the district

See also: Harford County Public Schools, Maryland
Harford County Public Schools is located in Harford County, Maryland
Harford County Public Schools is based in Bel Air, the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. Harford County is home to 249,215 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[7] Harford County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Maryland, serving 38,224 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[8]

Demographics

Harford County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.5 percent of Harford County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Harford County was $80,441 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Harford County was 7.5 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Harford County (%) Maryland (%)
White 81.4 60.8
Black or African American 13.1 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.8 6.0
Two or More Races 2.3 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 8.7

Party registration, 2014[9]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 67,823
Democratic 62,655
Unaffiliated 29,607
Other 1,215
Libertarian 814
Green 316
Total 162,430

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[10]

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