Aberdeen Principal Tom Szerensits has been transferred to become an assistant principal at Bel Air High School and Joppatowne Principal Macon Tucker has been transferred to the same position at Patterson Mill High School, Superintendent Robert Tomback announced at the Harford County Board of Education’s meeting Monday.
Szerensits and Tucker were told late last month by Tomback that they would not return as principals of their current schools following the end of this school year.
The transfers of Szerensits and Tucker were made at the discretion of the superintendent, and were not subject to a board vote. The two men will have the options of accepting the transfer, quitting or retiring if eligible. Neither was present at the board meeting Monday, and their intentions were not immediately known.
Aberdeen High School students skipped class May 9 and staged a protest in support of Szerensits at the school which closed a portion of Paradise Road for a short time.
In a letter sent home with Aberdeen High students April 29, Szerensits said he was told by Tomback that he would be reassigned elsewhere in the school system, but would not be a principal.
“On April 20, 2011, Dr. Tomback called me into his office and stated that he felt Aberdeen High School needed to move in a new direction and that he would be bringing in a new principal to take my place,” Szerensits wrote in the letter. “I was told that I would be re-assigned to a different position in Harford County, but not as a principal. In the course of ten minutes, I was not only dismissed, I was demoted. Obviously, I am having difficulty understanding the superintendent’s decision. His decision has very nearly crushed my spirit.”
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