George Arlotto officially become Anne Arundel County's next superintendent Wednesday, signing a four-year contract with an annual salary of $245,000.

Arlotto, a former principal in Montgomery County, follows Kevin Maxwell, who left the school system last year to take a similar position in Prince George's County. Maxwell had worked with Arlotto when they were both in Montgomery County, and Maxwell lured him to Anne Arundel in 2006.

Maxwell's salary as superintendent had been $257,000.

The contract, signed at Wednesday's school board meeting, also calls for Arlotto to receive $20,000 annually to be paid to a retirement annuity, and a $700 monthly vehicle allowance. The contract was approved by the board with an 8-0 vote. One member, Else Drooff, was absent.

In Anne Arundel, Arlotto has held positions including associate superintendent and assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and school performance. He takes over the state's fifth largest school system and county's second largest employer. He'll relieve Interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins on July 1.

Arlotto was selected last month over two other finalists, Trenton (N.J) Superintendent Francisco Durán and Maureen McMahon, AACPS assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs. McMahon was present at Wednesday's meeting but declined comment.

The superintendent's contract says he must give 90 days written notice to the board if he intends to resign before the four-year pact is up. If he doesn't, a penalty of $1,000 will be accessed for each day that's less than 90 days.