Patricia Emory, the former Severna Park Elementary School principal who was once charged as a drug kingpin, will return to the Anne Arundel County school system to work as the staff development coordinator, school officials said yesterday.
The job entails coordinating training for all school system employees, from food service workers to principals. The school board approved her appointment, which will be effective Aug. 2, at yesterday's meeting.
Mrs. Emory had been on leave with pay since her arrest Oct. 29.
Mrs. Emory, 46, who will work at the Carver Staff Development Center near Crofton, was vacationing in Ocean City and could not be reached for comment.
But she did issue a statement through her attorney, E. Thomas Maxwell, saying that she was pleased to get the position.
Mrs. Emory had applied for the job while she was on administrative leave. The position was advertised from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, 1992.
New board President Tom Twombly said the job change was "in the best interest of the school system and the best interest" of Mrs. Emory.
Mrs. Emory, her husband, James Mitchell Emory, 47, of Pasadena, and eight others were arrested Oct. 29 in raids on their homes and at storage lockers in Millersville and Glen Burnie. About 400 pounds of marijuana were seized from the storage lockers.
Although charges were later dropped against Mrs. Emory, 45, her husband was convicted of drug kingpin charges in May and lTC sentenced to 25 years.
Kim Bobola, acting principal at Severna Park Elementary School during Mrs. Emory's absence, was chosen to fill the job permanently.
Mrs. Emory's fate, once the charges against her were dropped, was an often divisive issue at Severna Park Elementary, where some parents felt that she could never return and others said she was a marvelous principal who should return.
"I think it was probably the only choice they could have made. It would have been difficult to put her back in school with all the things that had happened around her," said Carolyn Roeding, president of the County Council of PTAs.