Union leader sees parallels in schools

Howard High, Patapsco Middle compared

May 27, 2007|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter

Howard High School is the latest example of the union stepping in when relationships between staff members and administrators go awry.

Ann DeLacy, president of the Howard County Education Association, likens the situation at Howard High to that at Patapsco Middle School last year.

DeLacy said the union met with top system administrators after Patapsco's staff clashed with Carol Mohsberg, the principal. Mohsberg left the school system at the end of the 2005- 2006 academic year.

"That situation was resolved," DeLacy said. "Our goal is never to get rid of an administrator. Our goal is to improve the climate."

This isn't the first time that a Howard High administrator has been embroiled in controversy.

Howard High Principal Regina Massella replaced Mary Day, who came under scrutiny after the school was added to the system's improvement unit because of inadequate progress on academic goals. Day bore the brunt of the criticism.

Day, now principal of the school system's Applications and Research Laboratory, brought a defamation lawsuit in Howard County Circuit Court against some of her critics, including the education association and its then-president, Joseph R. Staub Jr., and the Maryland State Teachers Association and its then-county liaison, Marius Ambrose.

The lawsuit, which sought $1 million in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages, was dismissed.

Day has filed an appeal, which is pending.


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