Think of them as coming-out parties for school bureaucrats.
In a series of meetings that start Monday night, parents can meet the people who will oversee clusters of schools around Baltimore.
The City Council's education committee is sponsoring the meetings, intended to introduce the six new "area assistant superintendents" to the community.
The six, named to their posts last month, each are to take charge of all elementary and secondary schools in different sections of the city and report directly to Superintendent Walter G. Amprey.
Unveiled in March and taking effect this school year, Dr. Amprey's regional administrative structure is intended to shift decision-making authority out of school headquarters and closer to the individual schools.
The move generally has been praised as a step toward giving more autonomy to the local schools.
"I think it's good -- it does cut the layers out," said Councilman Carl Stokes, the 2nd District Democrat who chairs the education committee.
And because the regional administrators are in charge of all grade levels within a particular region of the city, "they come to the table with a more global picture of what's going on," Mr. Stokes said.
The six new area administrators are: Mary R. Nicholsonne, North Central Area; John O'Connell, Northeast Area; Hattie N. Washington, Northwest Area; Oscar T. Jobe, Southeast Area; Gary L. Thrift, Southern Area; and Patricia E. Newby, Southwest Area.
THIS SCHEDULE: has been set for the City Council education committee's series of community meetings:
Monday, Aug. 17
* Northwest Area: 6 p.m., Northwestern High School, 6900 Park Heights Ave.
* North Central Area: 8 p.m., City College, 3220 The Alameda
Tuesday, Aug. 18
* Northeast Area: 6 p.m., The former Northern Parkway Junior High School auditorium, 2500 E. Northern Parkway.
* Southeast Area: 8 p.m., Hampstead Hill Middle School, 101 S. Ellwood Ave.
Thursday, Aug. 20
* Southwest Area: 6 p.m., Edmondson-Westside High School, 501 Athol Ave.
* Southern Area: 8 p.m., Dunbar High School, 1400 Orleans St.