O'Rourke names principals to lead new county schools

January 12, 2003|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF

Howard County schools Superintendent John R. O'Rourke announced position changes for two principals during a Board of Education meeting last week.

Carl Perkins, principal at Oakland Mills Middle School, was named principal at Folly Quarter Middle. And Marion Miller, Running Brook Elementary's principal, will move to Bellows Spring Elementary.

Both moves will take effect July 1.

Roger Plunkett, assistant superintendent for school administration, said Miller and Perkins leave their schools on solid foundations and that he has high expectations for the pair.

"They're both very knowledgeable about the plan for accelerated school improvement and aware of the school system's goals," he said. "And they have both done outstanding jobs at their parent schools."

Miller said she is looking forward to starting fresh.

"I've been at my school for seven years, and I love it. We've taken a low-achieving school and made it a very high-achieving school, and I'm very proud of that," Miller said. "But opening a school gives me the opportunity to take all of the skills that I've developed here and initiatives, and try my hand at creating something different."

Perkins was out of town on personal business last week, but his wife, Mamie Perkins, the school system's director of human resources, said that Carl Perkins is also looking forward to the challenge of opening a new school - something he has not had in his 29 years in education.

"It's a hard transition," Plunkett said.

New schools require new community relationships, and it is tough to pull it all together before the doors open. But there are advantages, too, such as getting to assemble a staff.

"[It's] a wonderful opportunity to bring together like minds," Plunkett said. "It's an energetic environment, exciting and full of lots of enthusiasm, which trickles down from the staff to the students."

No new principals were named for Oakland Mills Middle and Running Brook Elementary, but Plunkett said he expects announcements by March.

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