Ex-teacher named liaison to Baltimore Co. board

September 02, 1994|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer

Former Baltimore County teacher Nancy Reigle is the county school board's new community liaison, replacing Leonard Duffy, who relinquished the job in July.

Ms. Reigle, who taught for 17 years at Sudbrook Middle and Kenwood High schools and has two children in Pleasant Plains Elementary School, begins her duties immediately as a confidential go-between for the board and members of the community.

Her contract extends through June 30, 1995, at a salary of $14,500. She is not an employee of the school system.

"I've always had a real interest in education," said Ms. Reigle, whose appointment was announced at last night's regular board meeting. "I'd like to see the relationship between the public and the board continue to grow and improve. This position helps to strengthen that relationship," she said.

Ms. Reigle, who lives in Towson, is the immediate past president of the Fellowship Forest Community Association and is active in other community organizations. Since resigning from the school system in 1987 to rear her children, she has worked as a private tutor in mathematics.

Among her qualifications for the liaison position, she listed her "great respect" for the county schools and "a great interest in the success of the system."

As liaison, Ms. Reigle will be a sounding board for teachers, parents, students and other community members who have concerns and complaints about the schools. She is also expected to be a resource for employees and members of the public who need help getting information and assistance from the school system.

"This is a job that requires plenty of time, talent and commitment to improving the school system's level of service to the community," board President Paul Cunningham said. Mrs. Reigle well qualified to do just that."

She will report regularly to the board but will not divulge the names of those who call or write.

The board reluctantly created the liaison's position last fall as the result of public pressure and a critical report from a task force that investigated two major controversies -- the transfer of hundreds of disabled children to neighborhood schools and the demotion or transfer of dozens of administrators.

The board appointed Mr. Duffy in November. From then until May 1, when he made his last report, he had answered nearly 700 phone calls and letters on issues including class size, holidays, communication and snow-related makeup days.

Mr. Duffy said his consulting business no longer gave him time to continue as liaison. School officials said there were 77 applicants for the position.

Within the next two weeks, Ms. Reigle will have a phone and a post office box for anyone wishing to reach her.

In other action, the board:

* Heard details of a dual enrollment plan that would allow high school juniors and seniors in tech prep courses to attend one of the county's three community colleges and simultaneously receive high school and college credits.

* Heard about the establishment of a student behavior committee that will study how to improve conduct and prevent discipline problems. The panel will include Cornelius J. Behan, the former county police chief; teachers; parents; and school administrators. It will eventually make recommendations to Superintendent Stuart Berger.

* Welcomed new board member Robert Dashiell and student member Matthew Adams. Both were sworn in yesterday afternoon with incumbents Dunbar Brooks and Mr. Cunningham.

The other newly appointed member, Phyllis Ettinger, was out of town and will be sworn in later.

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