A busload of parents is expected to descend on tonight's Board of Education meeting to air their concerns about Northeast Principal Joseph Carducci Jr.
The principal has been involved in a battle with students and parents after dismissing the school's athletic director and assistant director last month.
Carducci met with parents late into the evening Friday in an attempt to resolve some of the differences. Initially, the battle focusedon his decision to remove the athletic personnel. Concern then became focused on the principal's leadership abilities.
Carducci replaced Joseph Cardamone Feb. 1.
Parents conducted meetings last week with county Director of High Schools Shirley Hicks; Tom Paolino, head of the teachers union; and other school officials.
Parents are expected to testify during the public participation portion of tonight'smeeting.
Also tonight, board members are scheduled to review a report on minority achievement in the county.
Last year, a task force of parents, community leaders and clergy began meeting to determinehow to meet the needs of minority students who they say are not adequately served in the school system. The task force was formed at the request of school Superintendent Larry L. Lorton.
In a report issued by that group, members suggested adding African-American history to the curriculum, hiring more minority teachers to serve as role models, helping athletes improve their grades and increasing the role of parents in the education process.
"Our major recommendation was for the school system to establish an ombudsman to spot and define the achievement problem of black students," said task force member YevolaPeters, "and to then work with community groups and school system personnel to address those specific things.
"In addition, there is aneed for much, much more sensitivity training among teachers. There also needs to be monitoring of attitudes of teachers and rewards for those who demonstrate the ability to bring out the best in our children."
An update on what the school system has done with the task force recommendations will be presented by Assistant Superintendent forInstruction Cheryl Wilhoyte and Mary Newsom, coordinator of the program for at-risk students.
In other action, board members are scheduled to vote on goals for special education and decide whether the school system will become a part of the county insurance pool.
Boardmembers have debated the benefits of forming an insurance pool with county government at the recommendation of County Executive Robert R.Neall. The plan was recommended by Neall as a cost-saving measure.
The collaborative effort may be hampered by strife between the board and County Council over money for North County High school and a redistricting plan.
Tonight's meeting is slated to begin at 7:30 at Board of Education headquarters, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.