Maine educators offer plan to run Baltimore school

June 03, 1994|By From Staff Reports

As officials of a private Maine boarding school were pitching their plan for operating Patterson High to a state panel yesterday, students of the Maine school were preparing to sell the program locally -- with song and dance.

Joseph W. Gauld, founder of the Hyde School of Bath, said the students will give two theatrical performances Monday at Patterson. About 10 students will come from Hyde and at least 15 from a public school that Hyde operates in New Haven, Conn., Mr. Gauld said. Songs, dances and vignettes will be followed by discussions about Hyde, where the approach centers on character-building and parental involvement.

Patterson is threatened with a state takeover because of problems, including poor attendance and academic performance. To prevent a takeover, Baltimore School Superintendent Walter G. Amprey is proposing that Hyde operate the school.

Hyde officials yesterday presented their plan for Patterson to a panel of educators and state education officials. Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, state superintendent of schools, is expected to decide next week whether to accept the plan.

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