Patti Caplan Leaving HCPSS
The director of public relations said she doesn't have the stamina for the demanding job.
Patti Caplan is stepping down as director of Public Relations at the Howard County Public School System.
For 25 years, Caplan has answered requests from reporters for everything from public records to pictures to asking for comment on controversial incidents at HCPSS schools.
In an email to the media, Caplan said she made the decision to retire at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. “I love this job,” she wrote, “But in the last several years, I’ve realized that I just don’t have the stamina anymore for the long hours and unrelenting stress.”
Caplan has had to deal with some intense situations, including communicating with the media after a video of a fight at Long Reach High School went viral. She also helped keep the media up-to-date with former Superintendent Sydney Cousin in the months before his retirement.
Caplan's last day will be Friday, June 29. Until the HCPSS hires a successor, sometime in the next month or so according to Caplan, Anna Gable will handle public relations requests.