In defense of principal
From: Barbara Garner-Hudak
Teacher, Millersville Elementary School
During the past several weeks, articles have appeared in the local newspapers concerning the principal of Millersville Elementary School. It seems that a small group of parents with their own agenda have taken it upon themselves to paint a picture of Mr. [Henry] Shubert which is unfair. Each one of us has faults and areas of weakness that can be improved, but the parents do not want to allow for the improvement; instead they would rather see Mr. Shubert fired.
On July 7, a Millersville PTA meeting was held at the Crofton Library from 7 to 9 p.m. Teacher representatives were not directly notified of the meeting; however, one faculty member saw a notice in the newspaper and began calling staff members to make us aware of the meeting. Seven teachers from Millersville Elementary attended that evening. Not only did parents from the Millersville School community attend, but somehow parents were in attendance from Brock Bridge Elementary as well. A few parents from Millersville Elementary felt it necessary to "warn" the Brock Bridge parents of the impending doom about to befall their school. I find this quite unethical. Who are these people to take it upon themselves to slander someone's reputation and negatively bias the parents in attendance from Brock Bridge Elementary School? This is wrong! Give Henry Shubert a chance. Allow the man to use his own philosophy and theory of operation. Henry Shubert does not operate with the punishment principle; rather, he believes in encouragement.
Those parents with complaints voiced their opinions. Now I would like to share some of the positive qualities which have made Mr. Shubert a good principal. He encouraged the continuation of chorus during the recess periods when chorus could no longer be a "pull-out" program, and allowed field trips to help foster interest for the singers. When the chorus performed at a mall earlier in the school year, Mr. Shubert came to the mall and waited until the performance was over, then took all 50 chorus folders with him and returned them to school the next day. He did not complain that it was a school night and the performance was delayed nearly an hour!
The art teacher was in need of new classroom furniture. The tables and chairs were old and needed to be replaced. New tables and stools arrived as the school year got under way. When Mr. Shubert sees a need, he tries to fill it.
This man is a very caring person, not the ogre the newspaper articles have insinuated. The faculty always felt there was an open door and concerns could be shared him. He is warm and understanding. Many of us on the Millersville staff are very sad to be losing a fine administrator and friend. Sadly enough some of the staff members so not even know that Mr. Shubert has been transferred since it is vacation time. I have enjoyed working with Mr. Shubert and I wish him well in his new school.
Trail phase completed
From: Ellen Moyer
Annapolis City Council Ward 8
In writing about Rails-To-Trails and support for a great Arundel Circle Trail, Jim Hoage (Readers write, July 12) identifies Phase III as a connector trail through Annapolis which yet needs to be planned.
In fact, Phase III is complete.
Annapolis' master plan for parks maps 38 miles of walking and biking trails within the city. The plan for the "linear" park was adopted in the fall of 1987.
Several months before the plan was completed, city open-space funds set aside for "parks and paths for people" were confiscated by the county for Quiet Waters. Therefore, development of the linear urban pathway has been slowed.
Additionally, overtures to the State Highway Administration and the county to identify connector routes have also failed.
The SHA even chose to condemn city land for a new highway rather than negotiate with the city for pedestrian connectors.
Nevertheless, the city trail over natural surface is partially marked with pathway signs; bridges are being built over streams and marsh land; the Annapolis Conservancy (the only public urban land trust in the state) is working to secure easements and right-of-ways; and Friends of the Park, a support group working with the city Recreation Board, routinely sponsors clean-up, planting and works along the trail.
Hopefully, by the year 2000, with a lot of volunteer support, all 38 miles of the city trail will be complete for walkers, hikers and bikers to enjoy.
Remedies for schools
From: Elizabeth Mitchell
Las Cruces, N.M.
As a 26-year-old doctoral candidate and product of some of the best public schools in the country, I take offense to [Mr. William Korvin's] bit of witty banter published July 5, 1992 ["An educated guess: Our schools are not up to snuff," Anne Arundel County Sun]. (It was to be witty, was it not?)