School Board Set To Ratify Contracts

Softball Coach's Appeal To Be Decided Tonight

April 22, 1992

The Board of Education is set to ratify contracts with its three largest unions when it meets tonight.

The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County; the Association of Education Leaders, which represents principals; and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, which represents custodians and bus drivers, all haveagreed to contracts with the school system.

The board's contract with the Secretaries and Assistants Association of Anne Arundel County already has been ratified.

The contracts do not include cost-of-living adjustments for the next year.

Also during tonight's board meeting, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., the board is scheduled to decide on the appeal of former Old Mill High School softball coach Debbie Shacklock.

An assistant coach for 12 years and head coach of the softball team for three, Shacklock was told earlier this year that her contract was not being renewed.

Shacklock, who left the softball team with a winning record of 42-16 overthe past three years, appealed. The board will announce its decisionat tonight's meeting.

In addition, the board will receive information on weighted grading, or placing a higher value on advanced placement courses.

Students currently must maintain a 1.67 grade-point average to participate in sports. Under weighted grading, students would be encouraged to take an advanced placement course if they knew it would count more toward their GPA.

Board member Tom Twombly has advocated that the school system consider weighted grading. Twombly also has been advocate of raising the minimum GPA for athletes to 2.00.

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