Kalman R. "Buzzy" Hettleman, a special-education advocate and former Baltimore school board member, was appointed yesterday to the city school board.
Hettleman, 69, is taking the seat left vacant after David J. Stone resigned in October to pursue a job overseeing charter schools for the system. Hettleman was jointly appointed by Mayor Martin O'Malley and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
Reached by phone yesterday, Hettleman said he will no longer be able to advocate for specific students in parent-teacher meetings, as he has done in the past. But, he said, he hopes to accomplish more as one of nine board members.
"I've been working on the outside as an advocate, and I hope that I can make a contribution working on the inside as well," he said.
Hettleman said he plans to seek reappointment after serving the remainder of Stone's term, which expires in June.
Hettleman, an attorney, served on the city school board from 1971 to 1974 and has held a variety of advisory and official government positions. He was the director of city social services in the late 1970s and the state secretary of human resources in the early 1980s.