Acting principal, assistant named at Centennial High

Team to replace retiring administrator until July 1

December 23, 2003|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF

An interim administration team for Centennial High School was announced yesterday to replace Principal Lynda Mitic when her midyear retirement takes effect Jan. 5.

Assistant Principal Jennifer Peduzzi - who arrived at Centennial in January 2000 from Long Reach, where she taught special education - will be acting principal, according to a memo sent to school staff yesterday by Dan Michaels, one of two Howard County administration directors.

"Mrs. Peduzzi will provide continuity of leadership during this period of transition," Michaels wrote.

David Buchoff, who teaches math at Lime Kiln Middle School, will take Peduzzi's place, joining the two other assistant principals: Nicole Harryman and Dave Strothers. Buchoff was a former assistant principal in Howard County, working at Centennial, Atholton, Hammond and Wilde Lake high schools for 20 years before retiring in 1999.

Peduzzi and Buchoff will hold the new positions until July 1, when a permanent principal will be named, the memo states.

"A comprehensive search and selection process will be conducted," Michaels wrote, adding that the acting administrators will not be eligible for the position.

Larry Cohen, a pupil personnel worker trained to work with students and staff during turbulent times, has also been assigned to Centennial to "assist in addressing the unique needs of the school during the transition," Michaels' memo says.

Mitic announced her retirement this month, saying she was leaving her post after more than 20 years to take care of an ailing relative.

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