Two veteran educators to join city school board; Researcher for Hopkins, ex-principal to be named


Two professional educators -- a former school principal and a Johns Hopkins University researcher -- will be appointed today to the Baltimore school board to replace members who have left before their terms expired, the governor's office confirmed.

The office of Gov. Parris N. Glendening also confirmed yesterday that a third board member, Dorothy Siegel, was reappointed.

Camay Calloway Murphy, a cultural development consultant at Coppin State College and former principal, will fill out the remaining two-year term of Bonnie S. Copeland, who moved out of the city last fall. Samuel Stringfield, a research scientist and nationally respected authority on educational testing, will complete the term of Carl Stokes, who left the board in December to run for mayor.

Murphy, 72, the daughter of renowned jazz musician Cab Calloway, will help lead a school system that has a school named after her father.

After working for 40 years as a teacher and administrator in Arlington, Va., Murphy was appointed in 1994 to her Coppin State job. She has founded and directed jazz institutes, cultural centers and historic foundations, including the Cab Calloway Jazz Institute.

Stringfield has a 25-year career in scholarly research and analysis in education policy, finance and governance. Since 1989, he has been affiliated with Hopkins in a variety of programs, including the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk and the Center for Social Organization of Schools. He has studied several reform efforts in the city schools during his career.

Under a 1997 partnership agreement between the city and the state, school board members are appointed jointly by the governor and the mayor.

The first appointments of the new board were made in June 1997, shortly after the city ceded part of its control over the ailing school system. The board is losing two of its most active members.

Copeland was the vice chairwoman of the board. Stokes was known for his concern about the quality of the teaching and administrative staffs. Neither Murphy nor Stringfield could be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 3/09/99

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