|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Calvert County Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||June 24, 2014|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 What was at stake?
- 4 About the district
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Saunders has worked as a residential mortgage loan officer for 1st Mariner Mortgage since 2000.
The June 24, 2014, primary ballot included incumbents Dawn C. Balinski and Eugene "Gene" Karol as well as challengers Pamela L. Cousins, William J. "Bill" Phalen and Billy Saunders. Balinski, Karol, Cousins and Phalen will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|Calvert County Public Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||William J. "Bill" Phalen||23%||4,196|
|Nonpartisan||Pamela L. Cousins||22.3%||4,082|
|Nonpartisan||Eugene "Gene" Karol Incumbent||20.8%||3,805|
|Nonpartisan||Dawn C. Balinski Incumbent||19.4%||3,540|
|Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for Calvert County," July 16, 2014|
Saunders did not receive any official endorsements in this election.
What was at stake?
With two incumbents, one former board member and one newcomer challenger running for the two seats up for election, the Calvert County Board of Education is guaranteed to return at least one victor with board experience in the 2014 general election. Eugene "Gene" Karol is seeking his third consecutive term and Dawn C. Balinski her second. They were challenged by Pamela L. Cousins and Billy Saunders in the primary on June 24, 2014, as well as William J. "Bill" Phalen who served on the board from 1993 to 2010. Saunders did not advance to the general election.
The November 4 ballot does not mark the only changes to the board in 2014. With one resignation officially announced and another potential, the board could see as many as four incumbents replaced in 2014.
Issues in the district
Joe Chenelly, the District 1 board member first elected in 2012, announced in October that he would be resigning from the board on November 1, 2014. Vacancies on the board are filled by the County Commissioners for the entire remainder of the term. Additionally, District 3 representative Kelly McConkey is running for the District 3 county commissioner's seat. If elected, McConkey's board position would have to be filled by a commission appointment.
Unrest over teachers' compensation was voiced in the district following a decision in the summer of 2014. Budget constraints in the district lead the board of education to cancel yearly raises for teachers in the 2014-2015 school year. The Calvert Education Association attempted to boycott open houses at the schools in the fall of 2014, but later backed down due to contractual language which prevented such a strike. However, the association bought advertisements publicizing the boycott and criticizing the board's failure to provide for the raises.
At the board's September 11, 2014, meeting, Eugene "Gene" Karol defended the board's budgetary decisions. He stated,
|“||First, let me make it very clear that by state law we legally must adopt a balanced budget. In order to do so it was necessary to take $2.6 million of unassigned fund balance money to balance our FY [fiscal year] 2015 budget. This did not even include the new funds that were promised by the commissioners. Over the past three decades, you will see that our boards have done much better than most systems in Maryland in compensating their staff.||”|
In addition to the salary disputes, the board also had to deal with rising healthcare benefit costs in 2014. The board voted in an October 2014 meeting to share costs with Carrroll County Public Schools for insurance consulting services which Carroll County's board contracted through Bolton Partners. Healthcare is a negotiated agreement with the education unions in Calvert County. However, the unions did not participate in the discussions of the healthcare committee which reported to the board at the October meeting.
Dominion Foundation grant
On September 11, 2014, the district was presented with $22,000 in grants from the Dominion Foundation, a charitable giving branch of the energy company Dominion. The district received $10,000 to create forest and outdoor classroom, as well as $1,000 for Sunderland Elementary School's garden program and $1,000 for Mill Creek Middle School's composting program. The remaining $10,000 was allocated to the PLANS program in the county's high schools. The program allows students to study phytoplankton dynamics in Chesapeake Bay.
About the district
- See also: Calvert County Public Schools, Maryland
Calvert County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Calvert 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 Calvert County was $92,395 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Calvert County was 4.9 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Billy + Saunders + Calvert + County + Public + Schools"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- LinkedIn, "Bill Saunders," accessed June 4, 2014
- Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System, "View Filed Reports," accessed October 18, 2014
- Southern Maryland Newspapers Online, "Chenelly to resign from school board," October 17, 2014
- Southern Maryland Newspapers Online, "Calvert teachers union retracts open house boycott," August 15, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- TheBayNet.com, "Calvert's school board president defends their money management," September 12, 2014
- Southern Maryland Newspapers Online, "Calvert schools to search for new employee health care plans," October 15, 2014
- Gazette.Net, "Dominion presents Calvert school system $22,000," September 19, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Calvert County, Maryland," accessed June 3, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 3, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Calvert County Public Schools Elections|
|Calvert County, Maryland|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Dawn C. Balinski • Pamela L. Cousins • Eugene "Gene" Karol • William J. "Bill" Phalen • Billy Saunders|
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|