More than two dozen Baltimore schools got new principals last night, as the school board approved Superintendent Walter G. Amprey's latest staff changes.
Among them are new principals at some of the city's highest-profile and politically well-connected schools, including Roland Park Elementary-Middle and Mount Washington Elementary schools.
But a group of parents from Lemmel Middle School already have launched a protest over replacing Eldon Thomas with Elizabeth Williams without community consultation.
More changes are expected as Dr. Amprey goes forward with what he called "some drastic leadership moves."
He pledged a higher level of leadership training for principals in the coming year.
The leadership changes approved last night include the following appointments:
* Mariale A. Hardiman as principal of Roland Park Elementary-Middle School. The former principal of Sharp-Leadenhall School, which serves seriously emotionally disturbed youngsters, Ms. Hardiman replaces Evelyn Beasley, who retired in June after 17 years as principal of Roland Park.
* Jacqueline Waters-Scofield as principal of Mount Washington Elementary. She was formerly assistant principal at Robert W. Coleman Elementary in West Baltimore, and takes over the helm of a school that is part of a three-year project giving four schools broad authority over their own operations.
* Kevin Harahan as principal of Hampstead Hill Middle School in East Baltimore. Appointed interim principal in late 1991, Mr. Harahan was credited by some in the community with restoring a sense of order to a school plagued by disruption.
* Guinevere Berry as principal of Lexington Terrace Elementary. Formerly principal of General Wolfe Elementary in East Baltimore, Ms. Berry drew intense criticism from staff and parents over her management practices.
Among the other schools receiving new principals are Herring Run, Lakeland and Calverton Middle schools; Edmondson-Westside, Patterson, Forest Park and Walbrook Senior High schools, and a number of elementary and special education schools.
Last night's sole protest came from Wennie Gibson, grandparent of a child at Lemmel Middle, who voiced support for the former principal.
"We want the public to know that we are sick and tired of being left in the dark," said Miss Gibson, who said parents at other schools were allowed to take part in the selection process for new principals.
Parents at Lemmel have been angered by the presence of a school for disruptive youths on Lemmel's grounds, saying it presents a danger to their children.
Dr. Amprey refused to go into detail about the shifts of principals, citing legal considerations, but told parents that "all that we have done has been designed . . . to create a model school environment for you."