City / County Digest


February 22, 2007

4 appointed to aid reform at Annapolis High School

The three assistant principals at Annapolis High School will be replaced by four administrators from other county schools, Anne Arundel County school officials announced yesterday.

The appointments, which go into effect March 1, will give recently reappointed Principal Donald Lilley more administrative support as he begins to put together a reform plan to turn around the struggling school. After four years of failing to meet state benchmarks on standardized exams, Superintendent Kevin Maxwell announced last month that all of the school's staff would have to reapply for their jobs in the fall.

Sheila Hill, Eugene Whiting and Merlene Clark, who are assistant principals at Old Mill High, Arundel Middle and Arundel High schools, respectively, will assume the new posts. Mary Lappe, a central office administrator who had been principal at Old Mill, will also join the team.

The three current assistant principals, Kerri Buckley, Marlene Arkin and George Trotter, will be sent to those schools.

These are the only staff members at Annapolis High who will move midyear, school district officials said.

"Change during a school year is always difficult, but the best thing for the students at Annapolis High School and these incoming administrators is for them to get to know each other as soon as possible," Maxwell said.

Baltimore: Chinquapin Middle

Row of lockers falls, breaking boy's leg

City school system officials were investigating yesterday what caused a row of lockers at Chinquapin Middle School to fall on a student, breaking his right leg.

The lockers fell on a 12-year-old boy about 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Northeast Baltimore school, said Edie House, a school system spokeswoman. School staff members freed the child, an eighth-grader, from under the lockers and called paramedics.

The boy was taken to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where his leg was treated, House said.

Anne Arundel: federal court

Pasadena man given term for child porn

A 44-year-old Anne Arundel County man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday after an undercover FBI agent learned the man had a large collection of child pornography.

James Leonard Watson of Pasadena was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by supervised release for life.

Chief U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg also ordered that Watson must register as a sex offender upon his release.

According to the plea agreement, an undercover FBI agent posing as a person seeking child pornography was told by Watson about his collection.

Investigators wrote in court papers that Watson had been on the Internet seeking new pornographic images since 2003.

Court records show that Watson was convicted in 1981 of a third-degree sexual offense against a child in Anne Arundel County.

A subsequent search of Watson's computer revealed pornographic images of children, prosecutors wrote in court papers.

Matthew Dolan

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