The Annapolis Area Christian School announced on Tuesday that it has chosen a California school leader to replace its superintendent, who stepped down this year amid accusations of sexual harassment and retaliation.

Rick Kempton, the superintendent at Friends Christian School in Yorba Linda, Calif., will take over in July, the AACS board of directors said Tuesday. He will fill the post vacated by George J.W. Lawrence Jr., who was accused by three employees in December of improper conduct in a suit against the school's association.

The school's board of directors announced Lawrence's resignation in January and said it had formed a transition leadership team. The group conducted the superintendent's duties on an interim basis, school officials said.

Kempton has served on the board of the Association of Christian Schools International for nearly 20 years with a brief stint as chairman, and he worked in public schools as a secondary English teacher, coach and administrator, AACS officials said.

"Rick will assume his position as AACS Superintendent at a time when our student enrollment for next year is on track to exceed our goal and our academic programs and offerings continue to be propelled by an experienced and caring staff dedicated to our students," said AACS board of directors' president Michael Edmonds in a prepared statement.

"Parents of AACS students have shown their belief in the future direction of the school," Edmonds added, "by re-enrolling their students in greater numbers than in the past several years."

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