Another city schools administrator departs
It's been a little while since I've updated my list of city schools administrators who have left since the arrival of Andres Alonso, but there's a new one this week: Howard Steptoe, the system's information technology officer. The school system isn't saying much, only that he's no longer employed there. Did Steptoe resign or was he fired? Officials won't say.
Steptoe has been employed in the city schools since 1984. During his tenure as head of the IT department in recent years, the system had its funding from the federal school technology program E-rate frozen because it has not resolved problems from a 2002 audit of the money it received. That funding freeze was lifted in August.
UPDATE, 12/21: Thanks to everyone who e-mailed to tell me about the departure of Deborah Wortham, one of the area academic officers overseeing high schools. Dr. Alonso just confirmed that she retired. For a copy of the letter she submitted to him, keep reading at the end of the entry.
UPDATE, 12/24: System officials also confirm the retirement of James Smith, an AAO who oversaw a group of elementary schools. And they confirm the departure of Michael Johnson, who worked under Steptoe as director of the IT department for the last couple years. They won't say whether he resigned or was terminated.
December 13, 2007
Dr. Andrés Alonso
Chief Executive Officer
Baltimore City Public School System
200 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Dear Dr. Alonso:
The Baltimore City Public School System is rich in its capacity to identify and maintain the finest instructional leaders and teachers in the country. The passion and dedication to the students, staff and community is commendable.
For the past two years, Area 6 Administrators have been successful in many ways. They have collaborated and established a bond that has resulted in increased student achievement, teacher leadership and community involvement.
After 36 years with the Baltimore City Public School System, I have decided to cast a wider net and pursue other ways to make a difference for children. My retirement is effective January 1, 2008. It has been an honor to serve the district. During my career, it was my intent to leave a legacy that, "Failure is Not an Option!"
Dr. Deborah Wortham
Area Academic Officer Area 6