The following were among actions taken at the June 14 meeting of the Prince George's Board of Education. For more information, call 952-6005.
YEARBOOK OBSCENITIES -- About 24 parents and teachers protested the punishment of a Bowie High School English teacher who failed to catch racial slurs and obscenities published in the 1990 Bowie High School yearbook.
Donald Watson, who has taught for 20 years, was suspended without pay May 24 after school officials discovered the comments. School Superintendent John A. Murphy has called for Watson's dismissal. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 24.
Protesters at the meeting said Watson, who has served as the yearbook advisor for 3 1/2 years, should not be held responsible for the comments, which were written in code or backwards.
At the meeting, Watson said he did not have enough staff to proofread the book thoroughly.
In a related matter, school board member Paul R. Shelby introduced a resolution requiring the board to check all county high school yearbooks for obscenities or racial slurs. The proposal also requires the board to punish any teacher chosen to supervise yearbook production who fails to catch slurs or obscenities.
The board is expected to vote on Shelby's resolution at its next meeting.