Dezmon, developer of AIM, to retire from county schools

May 19, 2010|By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun

Barbara Dezmon, a Baltimore County administrator who came under fire earlier this school year over a controversial grading system she developed, will retire on June 1.

The decision was announced at a school board meeting on Tuesday night, in a lengthy list of promotions and appointments voted on by the board.

Dezmon, assistant to the superintendent for equity and assurance, developed a system called AIM, which includes a computer grading component. The school system announced in December that it would be implementing AIM, but backed away from that decision after it was widely criticized by teachers, parents, and state and county legislators. Dezmon could benefit financially if she is able to sell the product out of state.

The board also appointed Roger L. Plunkett, a top administrator in Harford County schools, to the newly created position of assistant to the superintendent for accountability and supervision.

Plunkett will be "working with the superintendent with a broad range of administrative responsibilities including … monitoring and reviewing data related to effectiveness of system-wide initiatives," according to a statement by the system.

Plunkett spent 31 years as a teacher, principal and administrator in Howard County before moving to Harford County to become the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in June 2008.

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