Board names Mangle top-tier administrator She becomes one of two assistant superintendents

August 13, 1998|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

Dorothy D. Mangle, Carroll County schools' longtime director of elementary education, was promoted to assistant superintendent for instruction yesterday, the first time a woman has entered the top tier of school administration.

The school board appointed Mangle as one of two assistant superintendents. Vernon Smith was promoted last month to assistant superintendent for administration.

"Dottie represents the kind of leadership style we [value] -- an aggressive and enthusiastic approach," said Superintendent William Hyde, in recommending her for the post yesterday.

In her new job, Mangle will oversee curriculum, staff development and pupil services.

Mangle has a reputation for being approachable and in tune with what teachers and students are doing, according to colleagues.

Mangle said she was delighted with her new post, and praised administration staff, Hyde, parents and students.

"A quote from Shakespeare stuck in my head," she said, " 'Wonderful, wonderful, and then again, wonderful.'

"It's a privilege to work in Carroll County schools," she said, where decisions are framed by the philosophy "We are here for the children," the words on a banner that hangs behind the school board at meetings.

"It's so pure," Mangle said.

Hyde also announced he was eliminating Mangle's old post. Instead of one director of elementary education, Hyde will have elementary supervisors working directly with the schools.

Curtis T. Schnorr will leave his job as principal at Friendship Valley Elementary School to be one of four elementary supervisors, each of whom will be assigned three to six schools. BTC The supervisors will have a more defined and active role in each school's management than they have traditionally had.

Hyde said the reorganization of personnel emphasizes the relationship between teacher and student.

Except for her first year of teaching in Williamsport, Pa., in 1970, Mangle has spent her career in Carroll County schools. She started as a teacher at Sykesville Middle School in 1971 and became an assistant principal at Freedom Elementary in 1974. She was promoted to principal there two years later.

In 1984, she became the supervisor of elementary schools. Her title and job were elevated to director of elementary schools in 1987 when R. Edward Shilling became superintendent.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Lock Haven State College in Lock Haven, Pa., and master's degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Western Maryland College.

Hyde, who was hired by the school board in June, has launched the most comprehensive reorganization of the central school administration and reassignment of staff members since 1987.

Kathleen Sanner's promotion last month to director of school support services marks the first time a woman has held that job. Sanner will oversee school construction, maintenance and custodial staff, transportation and other support areas. She had been a planner in the department before the promotion and was best known to parents as the person who mapped boundary lines for schools, and analyzed where to put new schools.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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