An assistant principal who helped turn around sagging academics at a Detroit public school - and most recently was an assistant principal - was named to head Edgewood Middle School.
Lawrence O. Rudolph was appointed by the Harford County Board of Education during a Monday meeting. He will take the helm in July at the Edgewood school, which has not met adequate yearly progress standards in five years.
As required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the school had to take action in an effort to get off the Needs Improvement list. Edgewood Middle School did not mark adequate yearly progress in reading and math for African-Americans, students receiving free or reduced meals and special-education students.
A board, assembled in November 2007 to study possible solutions for the middle school, selected the "Distinguished Principal" model. This plan brings in a principal who has experience with schools that have trouble meeting adequate yearly progress. That proposal was approved by the state's Board of Education in April.
Rudolph is not in the national or state pool of administrators who have been dubbed "distinguished principals," but Harford County public schools officials said the 37-year-old has the credentials. The school will hire a local mentor to act as a partner with Rudolph.
Edgewood Middle School principal Wayne Perry is retiring at the end of the school year.
Rudolph, who grew up in Detroit, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Hampton University. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1995, he joined the Detroit public schools, teaching science at an elementary school and middle school social studies, before moving into administrative duties.