Outgoing Anne Arundel County Superintendent Kevin Maxwell has been assessed a $20,000 penalty for departing the school system without giving enough notice so he could take a similar post in Prince George's County.

But three fourths of the penalty amount will be picked up by Prince George's County, and Maxwell will cover the rest through pay for leave time, according to Anne Arundel school officials.

Maxwell announced his resignation June 27 and was introduced the next day by Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III as the new chief of the county's school system.

The Prince George's County Board of Education approved a four-year contract that will pay Maxwell $290,000 a year. He is scheduled to start Aug. 1. Maxwell will leave Anne Arundel with one year remaining on a four-year contract that paid him $257,000 a year.

A letter furnished by school system officials to The Sun from Maxwell attorney Andrew Nussbaum, indicated Maxwell will resign as of July 31, and according to a 2010 Memorandum Agreement with the school system, he will be penalized $20,000 as part of the early departure because he didn't give three months notice. The letter said $15,000 will be paid by the Board of Education of Prince George's County, pursuant to an agreement Maxwell made with that board. The remaining $5,000, the letter said, will be deducted from leave that Maxwell has accrued.

The penalty was first reported Tuesday in The Capital.

Meanwhile, Anne Arundel school board President Teresa Milio Birge said Tuesday that board members are continuing work to name an interim superintendent to replace Maxwell.

"We're confident we will have someone in place by the time he serves his last day," Birge said.