The Anne Arundel County school board has narrowed its search for a new permanent superintendent to three finalists, including two that are currently employed in the school system, officials said Friday.

George Arlotto, school system chief of staff and associate superintendent for school performance, and Maureen McMahon, assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs, are two in-house candidates selected from a field of six semifinalists last weekend, school officials said.

The other finalist is Francisco Durán, currently superintendent of Trenton (N.J.) Public Schools.

The three are vying for a permanent position made vacant last year when then Superintendent Kevin Maxwell left to take a similar job in Prince George's County. Maxwell was replaced by Interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins, who recently indicated she would not seek a permanent position after her 11-month tenure expires.

School officials said a 20-member panel of county residents will interview the finalists and provide input to the school board which will meet with each finalist again. The board is slated to make its appointment on April 23; the appointee will begin his or her four-year term on July 1, school officials said.

"Our stakeholder panel is going to provide very valuable feedback as we prepare to make our final selection," said Stacy Korbelak, chair of the Board's Superintendent Search Committee.

Anne Arundel Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said the last school system's last permanent superintendent that came from in-house was Carol Sheffey Parham. A former director of human resources, she was named acting superintendent in 1993 en route to being named superintendent the following year.