Bracing for a busy January
Happy new year, everyone. For those of you in the city, I hope you had a restful holiday, because I think we're in for an eventful January. Dr. Alonso has promised midyear budget transfers (this being midway through the academic/fiscal year), with money taken away from administration and sent directly to the schools. Then there will be more cuts on the table later in the winter, when the school board takes up the budget for 2008-2009. Officials have said they'll have to cut $50 million to offset the freeze in Thornton funding.
I'm hearing that a lot of people at North Avenue are scared for their jobs, which might explain why we've been seeing so many resignations and retirements lately. I've heard several more names of administrators who have departed in the past few weeks or will be leaving soon. I'll be adding to my ongoing list of departures as soon as I get confirmation.
I covered a protest this morning by students and parents at Maritime Industries Academy, rallying in support of their principal, Marco Clark, and assistant principal, Kevin Brooks. Clark resigned just before the holiday break and Brooks has been placed on administrative leave. The system won't say why -- it's a personnel issue -- and the parents want an explanation. Frustrated students have started a MySpace page.
We at InsideEd send our condolences to Charlene Cooper Boston, whose husband passed away over the holidays. Ellis Boston was a labor relations attorney for the Baltimore school system and for D.C. schools. Read his obituary here.