Rockburn Elementary PTA President Resigns After Halloween Parade Flap

Rockburn Elementary School became divided over the lack of a Halloween parade this year, said former PTA president.

Unlike other elementary schools in Elkridge, Rockburn didn’t have a parade for Halloween. As a result, it also doesn’t have a PTA president.

In the wake of criticism about the school’s decision to do away with the parade, PTA President Loren Agrusti resigned her position.

She said she decided to resign as a result of publicity from a school announcement being published. The announcement was published on

“Based upon the tones in the , it affected me personally and it affected my family," explained Agrusti, who is a childcare advocate by profession.

“My third grader was getting grief on the playground that her mom canceled Halloween,” said Agrusti, who maintained that the decision was not a PTA issue.

“It was a very tough decision," Agrusti said. “I’ve been active in the school for over 11 years."

It was her third year serving as president despite a two-year limit, she said, because no one stepped forward in the PTA election last January.

Vice President Barry Polinsky will step in as interim PTA president until Nov. 9 when a special election will be held.

Polinsky told Patch that students were still having parties on Halloween but there would be no parade. He spoke during the at Rockburn on Oct. 29, an event the PTA sponsored.

“The classes are still celebrating,” Agrusti added. “What was done away with was the parade. Halloween was never canceled."

Rockburn Principal Lauren Bauer told Patch, “I’ve never really experienced anything like that, where parents go to the media instead of going to [the] school.”

She said that no one mentioned the parade during Rockburn’s fall celebration on Friday, Oct. 29—an after-school event in which children could dress up and dance.

Approximately 450 students and their families attended, with children running around in costume and hugging the principal as Patch interviewed her.

Bauer said she wrote a letter to the Rockburn community encouraging parents to communicate with her.

"I just wrote a note reiterating my policy that my door is always open. If you have a thought, an opinion, I'm here."

E-mail Bauer at Lauren_Bauer@hcpss.org or call 410-313-5030.


This story has been corrected to say that Vice President Barry Polinsky will step in as interim PTA president until Nov. 9 when a special election will be held.

Lisa Ann Bryant-Klapp November 06, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Brendan Sales November 06, 2011 at 01:10 AM
If you were attempting to make a valid point, it has been lost with your recent comments and ramblings. Do you not see the the ramifications of your posts? I for one would not allow my child to interact with anyone in your family based on the hurtful things you continually write and teach. Thank goodness your child attends Rockburn, a school that values respect, as she sure is not learning it in the home.
Lisa Ann Bryant-Klapp November 06, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Ummmmmm. Ok
Terri McCulley Hicks November 06, 2011 at 02:07 AM
Dahlen...Thank You for this comment. People in Howard County are spoiled. I think Ms. Klapp deserves her opinion and I believe she has had it so... Move on. It sounds like the Family Night was a big hit and I bet alot of parents were able to attend because it was not during school hours when they were not able to get off work.
Rachel November 08, 2011 at 06:56 PM
People, you all need to get a life!


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