Nancy Grasmick

Back to basics for Baltimore County schools

Back to basics for Baltimore County schools

Recently I attended a memorial mass for Richard “Dick” Barranger, a giant in the history of the Baltimore County Public Schools. His son, Father Joseph Barranger, said the mass and, during the sermon, spoke beautifully about Dick’s 39-year tenure in the county school system.

As I looked around the room I saw Robert Dubel, a former superintendent of this school system; Don Mohler, a long-time educator in Baltimore County and now the acting county executive; Evelyn Chatmon who attended segregated schools in Baltimore County and rose up to lead both the southeast and southwest areas of the school system during her tenure; and John Smeallie, a former deputy superintendent of the...

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