Three show up, one leaves hearing on new schools head

January 25, 1991|By Gelareh Asayesh

They borrowed a stop watch for last night's hearing on what the public wanted in a new Baltimore school superintendent, determined to limit each speaker to five minutes.

It ticked for exactly 10 minutes.

Three people showed up for the hearing at school headquarters on North Avenue. But one left before the meeting began.

Sarah P. Daignault, the education chair for the League of Women Voters, said the new superintendent needs to be well-versed in the special challenges of urban education and the difficulties of the classroom.

James J. Gardner, a parent, said the next superintendent should have at least five years to bring about change. He suggested picking someone familiar with Baltimore and proposed Samuel L. Banks, the school system's director of instructional support.

The small showing surprised some board members -- especially after last Thursday's school board meeting, which drew more than 20 supporters of Superintendent Richard C. Hunter. Dr. Hunter's three-year contract will not be renewed when it expires July 31. He did not attend the hearing.

Board member Doris M. Johnson urged citizens to send their opinions to the school board in writing.

Board member Stelios Spiliadis questioned whether there had been enough publicity for the hearing, which was announced at last week's board meeting.

School spokesman Douglas J. Neilson said he had sent announcements to the news media.

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