Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

May 12, 2006

Schools announce administrator changes

By next fall, 18 principals and 26 assistant principals will have assumed new roles at nearly a quarter of Baltimore County's 163 schools.

The moves result in part from the need to fill vacancies created by the retirements of 13 administrators and one resignation.

Three positions on Woodlawn High School's administrative team will change next year. Woodlawn Principal Daric V. Jackson will replace Southwest Academy Middle School Principal B. Maria Hopewell, who is retiring this year.

Edward D. Weglein, principal of Western School of Technology, a magnet school, will move to Woodlawn as principal. Two assistant principals at Woodlawn are being replaced by administrators from other schools.

Richard P. Jester, an assistant principal at Parkville High, will become principal at Western.

Lynda M. Whitlock, now a Lansdowne High School assistant principal, will become the principal, replacing Thomas DeHart, who is retiring. A new assistant principal has been named to replace Whitlock.

Margaret Spicer, principal of New Town High School, is retiring, and Barbara A. Cheswick, the founding principal of the Bridge Center, a transitional intervention program, will take her place.

David L. Lloyd, now principal of Chesapeake High School, will lead the Bridge Center, and Deep Creek Middle's principal, Maria L. Lowry, will become Chesapeake's top administrator.

Elizabeth C. Parker, an assistant principal at Randallstown High School, will become principal at Overlea High School as James Thanner retires.

The county school board approved the appointment or transfer of the administrators at its meeting Tuesday night.

All but two of the changes throughout the county will take effect July 1.

Lists of the designations and transfers are available online as part of the school board's documents for its Tuesday meeting at

Liz F. Kay

Black communities

Bus tour to highlight history

To highlight some of the historic African-American communities in Baltimore County, the Julian Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History will host a bus tour tomorrow.

The tour will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will depart from 9000 Liberty Road in Randallstown. The cost is $40 and includes lunch.

Tour guides will be Lenwood Johnson and Louis S. Diggs, local historians and members of the association. The tour will include the slave quarters at Hampton Mansion; the Cockeysville slave cemetery; Carver High School; African-American neighborhoods in Lutherville; Pennsylvania Avenue Lodge; Railroad Avenue; and several churches.

Information: 410-922-1142.

Marshy Point

Author to speak on bay excursion

Author and historian Susan Schmidt will talk about her experiences on her 100-day excursion around the Chesapeake Bay and compare her trip with that of the explorer Capt. John Smith 400 years ago.

Schmidt will present "Landfall along the Chesapeake: In the Wake of Captain John Smith" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marshy Point Nature Center, 7130 Marshy Point Road.

Information: 410-887-2817.

Child advocates

Nonprofit group seeks volunteers

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Baltimore County is seeking volunteers.

The nonprofit organization needs court-appointed advocates and mentors for abused and neglected children in foster care.

Volunteers should be at least 21 years old and must complete 30 hours of training and undergo a background check.

Information: 410-828-0515.

Loch Raven

Brochin to host town hall meeting

Sen. James Brochin will host a Loch Raven town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss this year's General Assembly session and present an update on community issues.

The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pleasant Plains Elementary School cafeteria, 8300 Pleasant Plains Road.

All Loch Raven residents are invited to attend.

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