Howard educators' transfers halted

March 28, 2004|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF

Howard County's interim superintendent has postponed the disciplinary reassignment of two top school system officials accused of improperly changing a student's transcript, nullifying the April 1 transfer deadline imposed by his predecessor.

Deputy Superintendent Kimberly Statham and Assistant Superintendent Roger Plunkett have been on paid leave since Feb. 26, when former Superintendent John R. O'Rourke demoted them after an investigation into allegations that staff members at Centennial High School were pressured to change academic records for Statham's daughter, who was a student at the school.

O'Rourke assigned Statham to a teaching position, but did not say what kind or where. Plunkett was to be transferred to a job as an "administrator on special assignment."

But last week, interim Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin -- who took over after O'Rourke stepped down Feb. 29 -- said he will "wait for the results" before shuffling anyone, in case the school board overturns the decision.

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