Candidates were asked: Discipline: Do you feel that displine in the county school system is too stringent, adequate or too lax? What, if anything, would you want to do to change things? District 2
Lesley Kreimer, 33, lives at 8270 Canning Ter., Greenbelt. Extensive professional and academic experience in additon to demonstrated leadership in educational organizations provide a special blend of qualifications that merit Kreimer's continued service on the school board. Education: BS, in education, Ohio State University, master's degree in education, University of Pittsburgh; post-graduate courses in education, University of Pittsburgh, University of Maryland. Experience: Member, Prince George's County school board, 4 1/2 years; vice president, Metropolitan Area Boards of Education, 2nd term. Member, executive board, County Council of PTAs. Member, Extended School Year Task Force, Maryland State Department of Education. Teacher, biology and science, 2 1/2 years, Counselor, Suitland Senior High School, 3 1/2 years. Teacher, Prince George's Community College, 1 year. Parent of two children. Experience in professional organizations: P.G. County Personnel and Guidance Association, P.G. County Educators Association.
Discipline: While the current board has had a significant impact on student discipline by strengthening rules and guidelines for disciplinary procedures, establishing discipline centers as well as programs for student with emotional and adjustment problems, additional improvement is needed, particularly in junior highs. I would expand existing programs. Middle schools offer a more logical grouping with better programing for this age group and should be acted upon. I would involve task forces in a thorough examination of schools with numerous discipline problems to determine causes and propose solutios. I would also examine the impact of our current attendance patterns on the discipline problems at various schools and whether modifications would help.
Muriel Weidenfeld, 45, lives at 123 Rosewood Dr., Greenbelt. Born and educated in New York City. Graduated from Freehold High School and attended Monmouth College and Rutgers University, New Jersey. Married husband, Gil, in 1953. Employed 1953-1962 in industry: group leader in statistical quality control section, quality control analyst. Came to Prince George's County in 1965. Two daughters, 16 and 14, have attended Prince George's County Public Schools from kindergarden to present (high school).
During the 13 years I have lived in Prince George's County I have built a record of commitment to community service, of capability as a leader, of establishing and maintaining open lines of communication with citizens. Record of community leadership and school services: PTA president, vice president savings and loan association, chaired citizens committee for Roosevelt High School, School Board Task Force member, president of two civic associations, commissioner of State of Maryland Human Telaions Commission, president cooperative nursery school.
Discipline: I advocate stricter discipline and enforcement of rules and support for teacher actions by th eschool board. Since the heaviest concentration of discipline problems occur in the junior high schools, changing that grade structure to one of middle schools (Grades 6-7-8) and high schools (grades 9-10-11-12) should be considered. I also support better security staffing during the school day, when most vandalism occurs, and security on buses in troubled areas. District 54
A. James Golato, 54, lives at 12712 Knowledge La., Bowie. (Al) Golato is completing his second term on the county school board and formerly served as its president. A Political moderate, he repressents the huge 5th District, which encompasses most of the eastern end of the county. Golato was first appointed to the school board by Gov. Mandel. In the first nonpartisan board election in 1973, when 22 candidates ran for nine seats, he recorded the largest victory, receiving nearly 60 percent of the votes. His campaign theme was "Back to Basics." Currently assistant to the commissioner and director of the Internal Revenue Service's Public Affairs Division, Golato was previously an IRS agent, tax law specialist and a graduate of the agency's touted executive development program. A graduate of Temple University, Golato was twice elected to the Bowie City Council and he helped write the city's charter. He also has managment, fiscal, labor union, writing and teaching experience.
Discipline: Discipline used to be lax. It is no longer. Some think it is too stringent now. I don't. Adequate? We have some way to go. Our code of student conduct, in-school suspensions, security counselors, support for teachers, emphasis on basic education and no nonsense grading have all contributed towards our objective of providing a safe environment for learning in our schools. Encouraging achievements to the limits of students' abilities also will help.
Dorothea A. Riley, 42, lives at 11100 Winsford Ave., Upper Marlboro. BS degree, North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C. Former teacher. Presently employed as senior statistician, Internal Revenue Service. Member, Phyllis E. Williams PTA. Chairman, Education Committee, Largo Civic Association. Have three little girls attending Phylils E. Williams Elementary School.
Displine: Discipline in the schools is too lax. Student are still allowed to socialize too much at school and there is still day-to-day contact with drug users. The discipline center concept should be in all the schools and staffed with personnel trained to work with pupils with special problems. Normally I do not favor suspensions as an alternative to disciplinary problems, but some offenses such as drug usage should be parent responsibility rather than school responsibility. I favor strictly enforciing the students code of conduct. District 8
Angelo I. Castelli, 45, Esther Dr., Oxon Hill. After service in th Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, I attended and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with honors and received BS in accounting. I was employed by the General Accounting Office as a supervisory accountant with the responsibility of performing comprehensive audits of budgets, policies and procedures. During this period, I abudgets, policies and procedures. During this period, I receiving my juris doctorate, I began legal career with the Internal Revenue Service and for the past five years I have been employed as a senior trial attorney with the Department of Justice. I served as president of the Fort Foote PTA; cochairman of the Area Task Force No. 14, for elementary school closings; liaison officer, Troop 406, Boy Scouts of America; cochairman BSA, Expo; legal counsel to Amerito; vice president, orator, toastmaster, chairman, Cultural Committee of Prince George's Lodge 228, Order Sons of Italy in America; member, Saint Columba Parish Council; Oxon Hill Vista Association.
Discipline: Discipline in our educational system is one of the our major problems. Although the Prince George's educational system currently has an excellent student code of conduct, th eproblem lies in the enforcement of the code. In instances where the code is strictly enforced by the school administrators, discipline problems have diminished considerably. However, in those instances where the code is not strictly enforced, students are being exposed to distracting and disturbing influences in the classroom which not only affect the learning process but deprive students of costly academic time. Strict enforcement of this code must be mandated. One of the means for enforcing the student code of conduct is a pilot program which has institued an in-school suspension program in three junior highs throughout the county. This program provides discipline centers whereby those students who constantly disrupt classes are provided a special learning center which requires strict adherence to scholastic endeavors. This program has proven to be successful and should be expanded. Education, to say the least, is a difficult process and requires a disciplined environment. Proper discipline is one of the means through which quality education can be achieved.
Otis Ducker, 49, lives at 2203 Owens Rd, Oxon Hill. I am married with one child who attends public school. My academic background is in music education with graduate work in business administration. I have been employed as an administrator by HEW at the National Institutes of Health for the past 25 years. I presently direct the division of administrative services, which consists of a staff of 800 employes and an operating budget of $33 million. I have been an active civic leader for 16 years in the county.
Discipline: I feel that discipline in the school system still has a long way to go. Parents of school children will have to take a more active role in helping teachers to cope with this problem. I favor the student discipline center concept as it provides discipline while allowing the student to remain in a classroom environment. I also feel that the student code of conduct could be strengthened to require more student responsiblity.