A parking-lot protest shows parent concern Parent's protest at a middle school in Woodlawn raises adminstrative, other issues.


About 15 parents met on the parking lot of Woodlawn Middle School last night to protest what they called a lack of support for their children and a lack of communication from the administration and faculty of the Baltimore County school.

But Renardo Hall, president of the Woodlawn PTA, said that many of the issues raised by parents who attended the rally already are being addressed by the county school administration.

For example, some parents at the rally were still calling for the transfer of Woodlawn Principal William Zepp, a white principal in a predominantly black school. But Mr. Zepp announced earlier this week that he will in fact leave the school at the end of the year.

Mr. Hall, who has two children at Woodlawn, said that he and members of the school's PTA executive board have met with school officials many times since December to discuss a variety of concerns that go beyond the halls of Woodlawn and into the rooms of other schools in the southwest county area.

And the group's concerns are being dealt with by the administration, Mr. Hall said, although he stressed that a transfer of Mr. Zepp was not specifically a goal of the PTA.

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