21 finalists picked for school panel 3 current members of Baltimore board, Embry are included

No interim role for Amprey

Schmoke, Glendening will choose 9 from state agency's list

April 11, 1997|By Eric Siegel and Jean Thompson | Eric Siegel and Jean Thompson,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers John Rivera, Stephen Henderson and Mike Bowler contributed to this article.

A broad cross-section of Baltimoreans, ranging from community activists to educational and civic leaders, makes up the list of 21 finalists for a new panel to revamp city schools, whose names will be announced today by Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

Three current school board members, the head of a major foundation, a former Girl Scout executive and a past City Council member are on the list.

The current school board president, Arnita Hicks McArthur, a professor at Baltimore City Community College; the current vice president, Charles L. Maker; and newly named board member C. William Struever, a well-known developer and parent of two city public school students, are among those under consideration for the nine seats on the new board.

Also on the list obtained by The Sun last night are Robert C. Embry Jr., a former city and state school board chief and head of the Abell Foundation, a leading philanthropy that has funded several educational initiatives; and Patricia L. Morris, dean of the school of education at Morgan State University.

Others include Jean Tucker Mann, a Sandtown-Winchester community leader; Marilyn D. Maultsby, a health care executive who once headed the area Girl Scouts; and former 2nd District Councilman Carl Stokes, who chaired the council's education committee.

The 21 finalists were culled by the State Board of Education from of more than 100 nominees who expressed interest in serving on the school board or were nominated by community groups and institutions.

From the 21, Glendening and Schmoke will select nine members to replace the current nine-member school board.

Schmoke said at his weekly news conference yesterday that he and the governor hoped to make their selections by June 1.

The new panel will have expanded control over school finances and personnel matters and will have an additional $254 million in state education aid to spend over the next five years, the result of a bill signed this week by the governor that will funnel more money into city schools in exchange for an increased state say in running the system.

Under the terms of the legislation, all members of the new board must be city residents. The board also must have at least one member who is a parent of a city school student; one who is familiar with special education; three who have general educational expertise; and four who have been high-level managers with large businesses or nonprofit or governmental agencies.

The list includes Colene Y. Daniel, a vice president at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Hopkins Health System; J. Tyson Tildon, a professor of pediatrics and biochemistry at the University of Maryland Medical School; and Wanda K. Grimes, a board member of the nonprofit Fund for Educational Excellence.

Bonnie S. Copeland, a Greater Baltimore Committee executive who has a doctorate and has specialized in educational issues; Dorothy G. Siegel, a Towson State University administrator; and Rosetta Kerr Wilson, a former state school board member, also made the cut.

The other finalists are businessmen Edward J. Brody and Timothy R. Hearn; Republican activist J. Gary Lee; social worker Miriam Zadek; Carserlo Doyle; Claudietta Johnson; and Michele B. Noel.

The finalists were selected in February but remained secret until last night.

One of the board's first acts will be to select an interim chief to head the school system. By law, that selection must be made by June 15.

Schmoke said yesterday that Superintendent Walter G. Amprey would not be kept on as interim superintendent, which means he could be leaving about the time the school year ends, which will be June 16.

Under the new management structure, the position of superintendent will no longer exist. Instead, the system will be headed by a chief executive officer to be chosen by the school board.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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