There will be new faces in new places next school year as a result of transfers and promotions announced at yesterday's school board meeting.
Five people were promoted to principal or assistant principal, and five others were transferred to new schools. An assistant high school principal in Baltimore County was hired in a similar position at a Columbia high school.
Scott Pfeifer steps down as principal of Atholton High to become the "principal on special assignment," a new position created to allow principals the chance to work on systemwide projects.
"It's a good staff development tool for principals, as we look at it," said Superintendent Michael E. Hickey. "One of the things principals tell us is they get so caught up in their own areas . . . that it was hard for them to step back and look at what was happening at the systemwide level."
For now, there will be one principal on special assignment -- a two-year tour of duty. After the tour is up, Mr. Pfeifer will be reassigned as a principal at a school. Principals may also apply for different positions during or after the tour.
Dr. Hickey noted that Mr. Pfeifer was due for a transfer and said he will help implement four-period schedules at Oakland Mills, Glenelg and Mount Hebron high schools next year, among other duties.
Mr. Pfeifer won one of the annual $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards last year. The program recognizes 150 outstanding administrators and teachers nationwide. Also last year, the U.S. Department of Education presented Atholton with a Blue Ribbon Schools Award, given to exemplary schools across the nation.
Replacing Mr. Pfeifer at Atholton will be Roger Plunkett, a Hammond High School assistant principal.
Rhonda Dedmond, a Wilde Lake High School teacher, will
replace Mr. Plunkett.
In other moves, Howard High School guidance counselor Linda Wise was promoted to assistant principal at Glenelg High School, replacing Mimi Hopkins, who is retiring.
Gwen Grant, an assistant principal at Dundalk High School in Baltimore County, was named assistant principal at Wilde Lake High School.
At the elementary level, Arlene Mindus, assistant principal at Thunder Hill Elementary, was promoted to principal of Northfield Elementary. Her replacement has not been announced.
Brenda Allen, an administrative assistant at Howard's Department of Education, was promoted to assistant principal and will be assigned to an elementary school.
Dr. Hickey transferred five assistant principals and principals:
* Charles Bragg, assistant principal at Ellicott Mills Middle School, will switch places with David Scuccimarra, assistant principal at Hammond High School. Both requested transfers, Dr. Hickey said.
* Stephen Wallis, assistant principal at Wilde Lake High, will move to Howard High as its third assistant principal.
* Lawrence Cohen, principal at Oakland Mills Middle, swaps places with Daniel Michaels, principal at the Gateway School for truant and troubled youths.
In other matters, Donald Disney, who is in charge of high school sports, presented the board with a list of recommendations for reducing the kinds of fights and assaults that occurred during the winter sports season, when coaches were punched in the face and verbally abused by players and parents.
Mr. Disney also criticized the junior varsity basketball program, which he noted was the cause of many of the problems that occurred at varsity games. He said that because there are no security officers on patrol at the junior varsity games, spectators, parents and players are unsupervised for the most part. Technical fouls among players are increasing at the junior varsity level, and varsity coaches and athletic directors don't monitor the games or the coaches, he said.
Among the 18 recommendations were changing basketball schedules to allow monitoring of junior varsity games; giving fliers to parents and other spectators saying that during games, unruly behavior will not be tolerated; recruiting more teachers to become coaches; and conducting workshops to make student-athletes aware of proper behavior, attitude and good sportsmanship.
The recommendations -- drawn up by a group of 16 high school principals and athletic directors -- come three months after basketball coaches Dave Greenberg and Jim Albert urged the board to establish a policy aimed at deterring fights and other violent incidents at interscholastic sporting events.
School officials are investigating whether they can ban unruly spectators from all matches and games.