Arlotto will assume his new duties July 1, relieving interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins, who did not seek the permanent job and has been in the post since Maxwell left last summer. Maxwell was paid $257,000 a year as superintendent.

Arlotto is the first superintendent appointed from within the school system since Carol Sheffy Parham 20 years ago.

After a search conducted by Ray & Associates costing about $33,000, he was selected over two other finalists: Trenton (N.J) Superintendent Francisco Duran and Dr. Maureen McMahon, Anne Arundel's assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs. McMahon was present at Wednesday's meeting but declined to comment.

Korbelak said an agreement with Arlotto will likely be signed at the board's May 21 meeting, but the lack of a deal led to an 8-0 vote for Arlotto's appointment, with one abstention. Board member Solon Webb said he abstained because there's no finalized contract.

Arlotto said the sides are not far apart. "Many of the big rocks have been discussed, and now it's just finalizing some of the language," he said. "I've never done this before, and nobody on this board has ever negotiated a superintendent's contract."

Arlotto lives in Washington. Often, school systems stipulate that superintendents must reside in the county whose schools they lead, but Arlotto said the Anne Arundel board has not required that he do so.

George Arlotto

Age: 50

Resides: Washington

Education: Bachelor's degree from Lynchburg College; master's in education in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia; doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from George Washington University

Experience: District of Columbia Public Schools, 1992-1998; Montgomery County Public Schools, 2000-2006; Anne Arundel County Schools, 2006-present

Family: He and wife, Regina, have three children