Holes plugged as administrator leaves

November 12, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The Carroll County school system will be one administrator short for at least the rest of this year, with two supervisors picking up the duties of David Miller, who left as head of vocational and technology education for a post in Frederick County.

Superintendent R. Edward Shilling told the Board of Education yesterday that he decided not to replace Mr. Miller because of expected reductions of $2.5 million to $3.8 million in money coming from the state.

Marjorie Lohnes, formerly supervisor of home economics and health education, will continue to supervise home economics and add most of Mr. Miller's duties to her work load.

William Piercy, supervisor of gifted, business and community education, will pick up the health duties that Mrs. Lohnes had. Mr. Piercy also will represent the schools to the business community, such as at Chamber of Commerce meetings and industry partnerships.

Mr. Piercy already had done much work with the business community, and is certified in health education, Mr. Shilling said. "It's not something he's unfamiliar with."

This year will be an important one for AIDS education, which will be updated for the first time since 1989. The update is linked to a furor over a videotape proposed by the county Health Department.

The school board voted not to use the documentary "Teen AIDS in Focus" because about 200 parents threatened to pull their ninth-graders out of sex education. The parents felt the film promoted condom use instead of abstinence.

Mrs. Lohnes said she doesn't think the change in duties will harm or delay the AIDS education review. The committees of parents, teachers and others won't review the materials until spring anyway, she said.

Gary Dunkleberger, director of curriculum, said the consolidation duties probably will dilute some of the momentum in those areas.

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