Feeley to stay in city post but as part-timer

July 11, 1996|By Jean Thompson | Jean Thompson,SUN STAFF

When her one-year contract ends this month, Sister Kathleen Feeley will continue working but on a part-time basis as the city school system's special education chief, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday.

Feeley, whose position carries powers similar to those of the school superintendent, had a contract with the city that expired yesterday, She had committed herself to becoming director of a women's job-training center scheduled to open this fall. Now, she will divide her time between the school system and the Caroline Center, to be run by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Schmoke said.

Although Feeley will be with the school system less than half of each week, Schmoke said, "She will still have the overall responsibility for our special education efforts."

Feeley was out of town yesterday and unavailable for comment.

Her work for city schools is closely watched because it is tied to the city's hopes for ending a 12-year-old federal lawsuit over inadequate special education services.

The city had been sued by lawyers representing students with learning and physical disabilities who were not receiving the services they are entitled to under federal law.

Last summer, in an agreement approved by the judge overseeing that case, Schmoke removed responsibility for special education from schools Superintendent Walter G. Amprey and gave it to Feeley.

While controversial and awkward, the division of school management helped Schmoke avoid losing control over the school system's special education services.

As the administrator for special education, Feeley has overseen changes in programs, staff and technology worth millions of dollars. She also has been developing a long-range plan to increase the quality of services for students with learning and physical disabilities.

The search for a full-time replacement for Feeley has been put on hold until December -- or a resolution of the lawsuit, if that occurs earlier, Schmoke said.

Pub Date: 7/11/96

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