A headline in an early edition of The Sun yesterday incorrectly stated that the former principal of Milford Mill Academy had been fired. In fact, she is on paid leave.
The Sun regrets the errors.
With police investigating the former principal of Milford Mill Academy and the school's finances, the Baltimore County school board last night moved to quiet the turmoil at the magnet high school by appointing former Assistant Principal Vashti C. Goldstein as the new principal.
Goldstein has been acting principal since Principal P. Delores Mbah was abruptly removed from her job May 17 after a school district audit of the school's finances.
School Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione would not say what action would be taken with Mbah, who has been on leave since May at her full annual salary of $72,500. Neither he nor county police would discuss the details of the investigation.
"I can't talk about her. She has rights as an employee," Marchione said.
Neither Mbah nor Goldstein would comment last night.
Mystery and anxiety have shrouded the school since Mbah was told to leave that Friday in May with no official explanation to the staff.
The staff was told not to discuss the matter publicly.
"There's a mystique that could be ominous if it isn't rectified," said Ella White Campbell, a community activist in the Randallstown area. "The worst thing you can do to the community is leave people hanging. A clear, explicit explanation should be given."
In recent weeks, a number of actions have heightened the confusion at the school, which offers an advanced college-preparatory International Baccalaureate program and a technical program with career-oriented training.
Patricia Brent, the school's International Baccalaureate coordinator, has been placed on administrative leave. Three department chairmen have been demoted to teaching positions.
Two people who were moved, who asked not to be identified, said in recent interviews that they were being unfairly tied to alleged problems with the principal.
Schools spokesman Donald I. Mohler III said the decision to strip the three department chairmen of their titles had nothing to do with the audit that triggered the police investigation, but were part of an instructional reorganization.
He would not comment, however, on whether the decision to place Brent on leave was related to the audit.
Marchione said last night's move would help stabilize the school.
The board also named two other high-level administrators at Milford Mill. Ralph Murray, a teacher at Catonsville Center for alternative studies, will be an assistant principal, and Kathleen A. Sears, an assistant principal at Dundalk High School, will serve as associate principal.
Pub Date: 8/07/96