PTA members urge keeping principal at Northeast High

January 19, 1994

Joseph Carducci should remain principal at Northeast High School at least until June, say the members of the school's PTA, who have written to the Anne Arundel County school board president and Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

"You can't get a straight answer from anyone in the school system about whether he'll be transferred or not," said Linda Tetrault, Northeast's PTA president.

She and other PTA members are worried because a recent report by a special investigator recommended that Dr. Carducci be removed from the school and that some teachers be transferred. The lead investigator -- Alan I. Baron -- criticized Dr. Carducci's handling of the scandal in which Ronald W. Price, a teacher at the school, confessed to having sex with a 16-year-old student.

Dr. Carducci said yesterday rumors of his possible transfer were "premature."

"I have not been transferred to another job," he said. "And since coming to Northeast I have not asked to go anywhere else. But we all serve at the pleasure of the board and the

superintendent, and it's possible for them to make moves at any time."

While acknowledging that "I've had my differences with Dr. Carducci," Mrs. Tetrault said, "As adults we've learned to work together. People do change, and there has been a change. Everything he's done has been in the best interests of the students."

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