Two weeks, three principals
Thurgood Marshall High School has a new principal... again.
The Northeast Baltimore school started the year with an assistant principal temporarily filling the principal's seat. Then, at the Sept. 9 school board meeting, a new principal was appointed: Harold Belcher, who was the assistant chief administrative officer of D.C. Public Charter Schools. But Belcher never arrived and, this week, when the school board met again, his appointment was rescinded "at his request," according to the personnel agenda. James Dudley, a city schools administrator who was without an assignment, was named managing assistant principal (aka, acting principal) through Jan. 9.
Meanwhile, North Avenue evidently listened to repeated complaints from teachers that the assistant principal who's been in charge was not effective, as a new a.p. was appointed, too: Gregory Holmes from the system's career and technology office.
I've met a number of impressive teachers from Thurgood Marshall over the years, but the school -- scene of a horrible shooting in 2004 -- has always seemed to be lacking in leadership. Here's hoping the third time's a charm.