Suspended students to attend school at North Avenue
With Dr. Alonso and a half-dozen other school system officials up at Harvard for a conference this week, I thought last night's board meeting would be a quiet one. There wasn't much on the published agenda, and -- for once! -- not a single person signed up public comment. But a few items were tacked on to the end of the agenda, and that's where things got interesting. As I report in today's paper, the board approved locations for its two new alternative schools. And as we've been speculating on this blog, one of them is going in North Avenue.
Now, everyone who works for the city school system will have to interact with students. What a concept.
While officials initially looked at placing the school for over-age middle school students inside system headquarters, they ultimately decided the space configuration worked better with the school that will serve students on long-term suspension and expulsion. The school for over-age middle school students will be temporarily located at Chinquapin Middle.
Other news last night: Up in Towson, the Baltimore County school board named Patty Abernethy, the city school system's deputy chief of staff, as its new chief academic officer. Because of a last-minute change, the city school board didn't make its personnel agenda immediately available (supposedly, it will be online by this morning), but I'm told that Michael Carter, the previous chair of the Parent and Community Advisory Board, was named the system's director of parent involvement. As chair of both PCAB and the Facilities Solutions steering committee, Carter has volunteered hundreds of hours for the school system in recent years; he has been on the payroll as a consultant the past few months.