Panel sends report to school superintendent Response to claim that Price had sex with student studied


A panel analyzing how the Anne Arundel County school system responded to the 1989 allegations that Ronald W. Price had a sexual relationship with one of his Northeast High students sent its draft report yesterday to the state school superintendent and the Anne Arundel County state's attorney.

Ron Peiffer, a spokesman for the state Board of Education, confirmed yesterday that the report had been delivered, but said its contents won't be made public until after State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee has reviewed the material.

"We would anticipate that would take a week or two," said Mr. Peiffer, who called the review "procedural."

"We don't want to interfere with any past or future investigations," he said.

The school system came under fire after Mr. Price was arrested this year and charged with having sex with three young women while they were his students.

The controversy stemmed from Mr. Price's admission on national television that he had sex with seven students over the past 15 to 20 years of his teaching career, and his contention that school system officials knew about it. He has pleaded insanity to two of the charges and innocent to the third.

School officials have confirmed that in 1989, an assistant principal at Northeast had a list of names of 10 young women rumored to be involved with Mr. Price. The names were in notes taken during an interview with a graduate who refused to repeat her story for police. The investigation was dropped.

Mary Gable, the Old Mill High School principal who was at that time assistant principal at Northeast, has said she turned the names of the other young women over to police along with her notes. Police have denied receiving the list of names or her notes.

The monthlong investigation was ordered by state school Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick to see whether policies, or people, or both, were at fault in the Price case.

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