School board hires firm to assist with superintendent...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

October 12, 2001

School board hires firm to assist with superintendent search

The Anne Arundel County school board has hired the national search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates Ltd. of Glenview, Ill., to help it find a new superintendent.

Carol S. Parham will step down in December, after eight years as superintendent, to take a professorship at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The board chose the firm Wednesday night from among five that submitted applications. Hazard, Young recently completed successful searches for new superintendents in Baltimore and Howard counties.

The firm will be asked to assemble a list of candidates, perhaps a dozen, to turn over to the board for consideration by early next year. The board hopes to have a new superintendent in place by the summer.

Custodian to represent school at awards event

When Anne Arundel County's two Blue Ribbon schools, Benfield Elementary in Severna Park and Bodkin Elementary in Pasadena, receive their awards in Washington this month, Bodkin will be represented by someone unusual: its chief custodian.

Bodkin Principal Rocco Ferretti and pupils decided they want custodian Alvin Talley to be honored at the awards ceremony for his contributions to the school. Ferretti and reading specialist Christine Schomig also will attend.

"He's got the greatest work ethic in the world," Ferretti said of Talley, who has worked at the school for eight years. "The boys and girls really admire him."

2 Realtors to distribute flags along Riedel Road

When afternoon rush hour begins today in Crofton, drivers likely will see Al Friedman and Marilyn Hendley distributing American flags along Riedel Road.

The pair, both Realtors with Long & Foster in Crofton, bought 1,000 American flags and will ask motorists to take a flag and make a donation. All contributions will go to National Association of Realtors' Housing Relief Fund for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The pair has distributed 600 flags on two occasions and raised $2,500.

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