Howard official resigns schools post

August 20, 2004

A top Howard County school administrator who drew the ire of parents and teachers in a grade-tampering controversy at Centennial High School and endured a hate-crime incident last month at her Ellicott City home has resigned from her position for "personal and professional reasons."

Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin said yesterday that Kimberly A. Statham, the county's chief academic officer, handed him a resignation letter Wednesday. The letter said Statham was "leaving for both personal and professional reasons, and she didn't go into much more detail than that," Cousin said.

Statham's resignation will take effect Aug. 27.

In May, the school board unanimously exonerated Statham in the alleged grade tampering at Centennial High.

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