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Page 14-Tuesday, March 14, 1978-The Michigan Daily
CLARK TO APPEAL DECISION:

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By MARGARET JOHNSON

After five months of controversy, the
Ann Arbor Board of Education,
discharged Community High teacher
Jerrel Clark in a six-to-two vote last
Tuesday.
The Board of Education concluded
that Clark maintained an "un-
professional relationship" with a 17-
year-old male student and declared the
relationship was cause for dismissal.
DURING TESTIMONY, Clark and
the student denied the Board's charges.
The student's 14-year-old brother and a
friend testified, however, that they saw
Clark and the student engaged in an
intimate embrace" last summer at
the student's apartment.-
The Board also unanimously
dismissed charges that Clark kept a'
female student over night at her house
without informing the student's paren-
ts.
Among the spiders, the master
weavers are the araneids, whose
unique orb webs have distinctive car-
twheel designs that often measure over
a foot in diameter and are unsurpassed
in delicacy. Their silk-spinning organs
can produce threads of different
thickness, as well as fibers that are
sticky or dry.

Voting in favor of the dismissal were
school Board -President Wendy
Barhydt, Vice-president John Heald
and trustees Clarence Dukes, Cecil
Warner, Peter Wright and Paul
Weinhold. Trustees Kathleen Dan-
nemiller and Mary Pence voted against
dismissing Clark. Trustee Terry Martin
who had not attended the hearings did
not vote.
"I DON'T THINK that the ad-
ministration proved their case," said
Pence.
Weinhold disagreed however. "I felt
the evidence supported the charges,"
he asserted.
Larry Stewart, the president of the
Ann Arbor Education Association was
disappointed by what he called the
board's "almost inevitable" decision.
He said thecase will be appealed to the
state Tenure Commission and said he
thinks the decision will be reversed.
STEWART MAINTAINS that the
hearings were unfair and likens them to
the Salem witch hunts.
Weinhold, however, said "the Board
has leaned over backwards to give due
process." Barhydt backed him up
saying, "The Board did everything
possible to make it a fair hearing."
Clark's attorney, Mike Moran, said
he was "disappointed" by the decision.

"I don't think there is any question that
the board acted in an unfair way," he
commented.
MORAN ADDED that Clark was
"disappointed and tired," He expressed
concern that Clark, whose pay was
terminated Wednesday, may have
trouble supporting herself. "She is a
fairly resourceful person and has lots of
friends but she has a small child to sup-
port," he said.
Matt Mendel, a student at Com-
munity"High who was instrumental in
organizing student support for Clark
said he wasn't surprised by the
decision. "I'm hoping that they'll over-
turn it," he said.
Sean McClellan, another student at
Community High School, agreed with
Mendel. If the tenure commission is
halfway intelligent they're going to
throw it out," he said.
McClellan added that the whole
hearing process has had a bad affect on

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Clark
Community High. "There's a very bad
feeling about the school between
students and staff."

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proposed Pattern C which calls for
three courses each in the areas of
humanities, social science and natural
science, a traditional approach in
distribution.
In another action taken yesterday,
the LSA faculty adopted a new three-
tiered system of granting degrees with
distinction, to be implemented when
next fall's freshmen graduate.
Starting~with the 1982 graduation the
top three per cent of LSA's graduates
will receive degrees with highest
distinction, the top 10 per cent will
receive degrees with high distinction
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and the 4top 25 per cent will receive
degrees with distinction.
This system will replace the present
system which, rather than being based
on the top percentage of the graduating
class, automatically awards a degree of
high distinction to all students
receiving at least a 3.6 grade point
average (GPA) and a degree with
distinction to those with a GPA of at
least 3.2.
Only a small number of faculty
present at the meeting had reservations
about this proposal, fearing that it
would "send a false message to the
students" about the impoitance of
grades.
A proposal to note the distinction in
Latin as cum laude, summa cum laude
and magna cum laude rather than the
English distinction, high distinction and
highest distinction met with half-
serious debate about the "Michigan
tradition" and the students''ability to
understand both Latin and English.
LSA Dean Billy Frye cast his vote to
break a tie on the matter, saying, "I
shall throw my vote in favor of the
Michigan tradition.",The degrees will
remain in English.

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