New parents' group wants Berger, 3 board members to quit BALTIMORE COUNTY

April 01, 1993|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Staff Writer

At its first meeting, a fledgling parents' rights group called for the resignations of Superintendent Stuart D. Berger and three school board members last night.

In an emotional speech, Shirley Giberson introduced the Parents' Rights in Developing Education (PRIDE) group to about 75 parents, teachers and community leaders at the Perry Hall Library.

"PRIDE has an agenda," said the Kingsville mother who is the group's spokeswoman. "To ask for, to plead for, the resignation of Stuart Berger and to ask for, to plead for and to coerce, if necessary, the resignation of [school board President Rose] Hellman, Mrs. [Hilda] Hillman and [Vice President] Cal Disney."

PRIDE's organizers -- "a handful" of parents from Perry Hall and Kingsville, they say -- object to what they call a lack of communication between parents and the school board and to what they described as "haughty attitude" toward parents by Dr. Berger and the board. They also complained that the administration makes too many changes too rapidly.

No one at the meeting voiced disagreement.

"I want to thank you for doing this," said Cindy Titus, mother of two Carney Elementary School students. "I've been talking to several friends; we're all disgusted [with] too many changes that parents don't feel comfortable with."

Mrs. Giberson said PRIDE also wants the school board to establish some means of keeping parents informed of changes before they happen and, she said, "we want our respect back" as parents.

A veteran county teacher attending "as a parent" declined to give his name, but said he hopes the group succeeds. "There is so much support for this among the teachers," he said.

Neither Dr. Berger nor any school board member attended. Reached at home last night, Dr. Berger said, "I find it ironic that a group that is criticizing us for not communicating has never communicated with us."

PRIDE officials say they won't meet with Dr. Berger because he "intimidates" them.

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