Gateway School principal reassigned within system Officials give no reason for educator's removal

May 10, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The principal of Gateway School, an alternative program for middle and high school students, has been reassigned in the Carroll County school system.

School officials refused to say why Robert Bowden left Gateway or what his new duties are.

"Dr. Bowden has been reassigned," said Stephen Guthrie, a personnel specialist with the school system.

Guthrie said he could not discuss details of the reassignment because it is a personnel matter.

Under school policy, an employee who is reassigned may be transferred to another position or could be placed on administrative leave with pay, Guthrie said.

Bowden could not be reached for comment.

The county Board of Education appointed Bowden principal of Gateway School in August 1995. He previously was an assistant principal at South Carroll and Liberty high schools.

Gateway School, in the Westminster Air Business Park off Route 97, has about 100 students. It includes students who have been expelled from other schools and emotionally handicapped students who receive special education.

Some students are in the program as a transition between leaving a drug rehabilitation program and returning to regular school.

About one-quarter of the enrollment consists of students placed at Gateway for special education because of emotional problems.

Nearly half attend voluntarily because they were unable to succeed in other schools.

The remainder are there because they were suspended for the remainder of the school year or for other reasons. Suspended students have the option of attending Gateway, and administrators at Gateway can decide whether to accept them.

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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