Parents, students speak on behalf of Annapolis principal at meeting

November 25, 2003|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

About 20 parents and students spoke last night in support of an Annapolis City Council resolution backing beleaguered Annapolis High School Principal Deborah Williams.

Some have criticized Williams for being too strict and a poor communicator, but speakers last night said she was a dedicated, no-nonsense educator.

"We are here to support not only the person but [her educational] plan," said Carl O. Snowden, a former Annapolis alderman and aide to Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens.

The resolution was introduced by Alderwoman Cynthia Abney Carter earlier this fall. She did not attend last night's hearing.

Many who attended the meeting said Williams, who is in her first year as principal, should not be judged so soon.

"She was not given a chance to do her job at all," said Gabrielle Martinez, 15, a sophomore.

Others said they believe Williams has been singled out because she is black. Most of the speakers last night were black.

Detractors "can't give her a chance to do her job," said Robert Eades, whose son graduated from Annapolis High School in 1999.

Mayor Ellen O. Moyer told speakers that the city has no power over the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and urged them to also speak to school system officials.

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