Superintendent Renee Foose Thursday night announced more than 30 transfers and promotions among principals and assistant principals in the Howard County Public School System for the next school year.
Chief among the promotions is John Davis, current activities and athletics manager at Glenelg High School, who will take on the role of athletics coordinator for the county. The job was previously held by Mike Williams, who left his position in April after eight years as athletics coordinator.
Ten transfers and seven promotions are occurring at the secondary level, including Ed Evans and Restia Whitaker leaving their posts as principals at the Applied Research Laboratory and Harper’s Choice Middle School, respectively. Evans will be a facility renovation liaison and Whitaker will be coordinator of pupil support services, both positions with central office.
Evans will be replaced by Andrew Cockley, who is currently the principal at Century High School in Carroll County.
Whitaker will be replaced by Adam Eldridge, currently assistant principal at Wilde Lake High School.
“While I am excited about this opportunity to serve the (school system) and its community, I was looking forward to continuing the journey in making Harper’s Choice Middle School the best in the world,” Whitaker said in an email to parents. “I am very fortunate to have been a part of such a dynamic and wonderful school community.”
Jeffrey Fink, assistant principal at Reservoir High School, will be principal at Dunloggin Middle School. He replaces Cher Jones, who will now be principal at Bonnie Branch Middle School. Current Bonnie Branch Principal Carolyn Jameson is retiring after 34 years as an educator.
In an email to parents, Jameson thanked the community for its support in her six years as principal at the school, and said she will miss the students “tremendously.”
“It has been inspiring and rewarding to see their smiling faces and enthusiasm each day,” she said. “They have grown in so many ways physically and intellectually, as well as emotionally and socially. I know that you will continue to enjoy watching them grow over the summer.”
John DiPaula, currently the manager of teacher recruiting and hiring in the human resources department, will be principal at Burleigh Manor Middle School.
Claire Hafets, principal at Burleigh Manor, will now be principal at Centennial High School. She replaces the retiring Carl Perkins.
Michael Babe, leadership intern at Howard High School, will be assistant principal at Reservoir.
Patrick Crouse, math instructional team leader at Howard, will be assistant principal at Wilde Lake High.
Amie Knox, a leadership intern at Hammond High School, will be assistant principal at Wilde Lake High.
Shiney Ann John, principal at Oakland Mills Middle School, will be the principal of the new Hanover middle school, set to open in 2014.
Kathy Orlando, principal at Worthington Elementary School, will be principal at Oakland Mills Middle.
Brein Bashore, assistant principal at River Hill High Schol, will be assistant principal at Glenelg.
Rosalie Bowen, assistant principal at Marriotts Ridge High School, will be assistant principal at River Hill.
Choya Franklin, assistant principal at Glenelg, will be assistant principal at Marriotts Ridge.
Yvonne Jackson, assistant principal at Wilde Lake High School, will be assistant principal at Glenelg.