Multicultural education considered


The county school system is expected to reveal a plan at the Board of Education meeting tomorrow night for incorporating multicultural education in all subject areas.

Each county must submit such a plan to the state education department by Sept. 1, said Margaret Trader, assistant superintendent for instructional and staff development. "Multicultural education asks us to look at the larger world," Ms. Trader said. "It's more than just ethnicity and race."

Agnes Purnell, who was asked to leave her position as principal of Havre de Grace Middle School this year to develop Harford's multicultural education plan, will present it to the board.

In other business, Johnson Controls is expected to formally request that the board consider hiring it for performance contracting. At the last board meeting in June, Johnson Controls told board members the company could save the school system to $1.8 million a year in energy costs by installing more efficient equipment and bringing in specialized technicians for repairs and maintenance.

The board is also expected to choose Anne H. Ober as its new president and Thomas D. Hess as vice president.

Mrs. Ober has served as vice president for the past year. Ronald R. Eaton is expected to step down after serving one year as president, the term set in the board's bylaws.

According to the bylaws, the member who has served on the board the longest, but has not yet served as president, will take over that position. The vice president is the next most senior member who has not served as president. Mrs. Ober, director of health services at Villa Maria, and Thomas D. Hess, a division director at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, were appointed to the board at the same time in 1992. But Mrs. Ober said she and Mr. Hess agreed that she should seek the presidency and he the vice presidency.

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