12 high school athletics managers chosen

Education Notebook

many applicants attracted to new position


The lure of more money, additional managerial responsibilities and an administrative label was enough to attract 27 applicants for the school system's new athletics and activities manager positions.

The new position, which system officials say is a first in the state, was the result of high school administrators requesting more assistance so that they could devote more time to student-related issues in the school, said system spokeswoman Patti Caplan. Each of the county's high schools will have a manager.

The 12 managers chosen are: Mike Senisi (Atholton), Jean Vanderpool (Centennial), John Davis (Glenelg), Joe Russo (Hammond), Michael Duffy (Howard), Joe Thomas (Long Reach), Eugene Brown (Marriotts Ridge), Jeannie Prevosto (Mount Hebron), Chuck Struhar (Oakland Mills), Ken Klock (Reservoir), Rick Lloyd (River Hill) and Vince Parnell (Wilde Lake).

The new managers, who officially began the jobs July 14, will be responsible for organizing athletic events and any other activities that occur on school property. They also will be responsible for providing security for the events.

On average, the new managers will earn about $83,000, according to Sue Mascaro, director of the school system's staff relations and operations.

"The position is considered a promotion," Mascaro said. "Obviously, asking them to do more, we had to pay more.

The added money, responsibility and title also mean that the new managers will no longer be members of the Howard County Education Association's teacher-bargaining unit.

"Some will see it as a steppingstone for someone to go into an assistant-principal position," Mascaro said. "It's a great leadership position for them."

Board endorsements

The Columbia Democratic Club has endorsed five candidates for the school board in the September primary election.

The recently endorsed candidates are: Patricia S. Gordon, a current board member; Joshua M. Kaufman, the current board chairman; Frank Aquino, a lawyer who ran in 2004; Larry Cohen, a retiring school system employee; and Dr. Janet Siddiqui, a pediatrician.

Fourteen residents have filed with the Howard County Board of Elections to run in the Sept. 12 primary.

The top 10 finishers will go on the Nov. 7 ballot, and five will be selected.

In addition to the candidates endorsed by the Columbia Democratic Club, other hopefuls include: Roger J. Lerner, an attorney and business adviser; Peter A. Sola, a professor at Howard University; a former school board chair, Sandra H. French; Di Zou, a 2006 graduate of Glenelg High School; Ellen Flynn Giles, former chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee; Allen Dyer, a lawyer and computer consultant; Marcelino M. Bedolla, a science teacher in Baltimore; Donald Byrd Marston Jr., a West Friendship resident; and Paul Aliprando, an Ellicott City resident.

College bound

An overwhelming majority of the Class of 2006 plans to head to college, and many will have scholarships.

According to a survey of the 3,297 seniors who graduated from the system's 11 high schools (Marriotts Ridge does not have a senior class) in May, the students accepted almost $28 million worth of scholarships for college in the fall.

River Hill High School seniors accepted the most scholarship money ($5.387 million) while Oakland Mills High School seniors accepted the least ($343,894).

Between the two were Wilde Lake ($4.5 million), Glenelg ($4 million), Atholton ($3.993 million), Hammond ($2.417 million), Centennial ($1.932 million), Howard ($1.9 million), Long Reach ($1.6 million), Mount Hebron ($1.5 million) and Reservoir ($1.2 million).

Almost 63 percent of the graduating seniors plan to attend a four-year college or university; 26.2 percent plan to attend a two-year college; 4.1 percent had other or unreported plans; 3.5 percent plan to enter the work force; 1.9 percent plan to attend a trade or technical school; and 1.5 percent plan to enter the military.

The Class of 2006 featured 35 National Merit Scholarship finalists; 31 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists; and 179 commended scholars.


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