The following was among actions taken by the Alexandria School Board at its Oct. 18 meeting. For further information, call 824-6635.
GEORGE MASON ELEMENTARY PROBLEMS -- The School Board adopted dozens of recommendations aimed at solving curriculum and discipline problems at George Mason Elementary School, but stopped short of providing a special administrator to watch over the principal, as recommended by a parent-teacher task force.
Principal Felicia Lanham Tarason, hired last year, was accused in the task force report of failing to back up teachers who had disciplined students and and also of ignoring many parents' concerns and suggestions.
The board rejected a task force request that Tarason be required to work with an administrator who would report directly to the school superintendent.
Tarason declined to respond to the task force report.
The task force of 11 parents and three teachers was formed last summer to examine complaints of parents and teachers that the school was experiencing discipline and curriculum problems.
Board member Neslon E. Greene Jr. said after the vote that the complaints surrounding George Mason raise "disturbing" themes. "It has decomposed into a witch hunt and I hope the witch hunt is over," Greene said. "It has diverted us away from the purpose of educating the students."
Among the recommendations adopted were those calling for the principal to greet students at the door in the mornings before classes begin, be more accessible to teachers and find ways to help parents feel more welcome at the school.