Anne Arundel County public school officials said Tuesday that they would name an interim superintendent by the end of the month, the system's first step in replacing outgoing Superintendent Kevin Maxwell.
As Anne Arundel's board met in a closed session to discuss its superintendent search, the school board in neighboring Prince George's County was also meeting — to formally approve Maxwell as the county's new schools CEO.
Maxwell resigned from the Anne Arundel post June 27 and was introduced by Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III as the new chief of that county's school system the next day.
On Tuesday, the Prince George's board approved a four-year contract that will pay Maxwell $290,000 a year. He is scheduled to start Aug. 1.
Maxwell's contract in Anne Arundel paid him $257,000 a year.
Andrew Pruski, president of the Anne Arundel school board, said the discussion to name an interim superintendent had nothing to do with Prince George's County's contract approval.
"Not at all," he said. "We're pushing toward our goal, and the board agreed that we need to have someone in place as we transition into the new school year."
The school board has another meeting scheduled for Wednesday, but Pruski said the superintendent search is not on the agenda.
An interim superintendent would serve through July 1, 2014. Among those who have expressed interest in the job is former County Executive Janet S. Owens, who said Tuesday that she had sent a letter of interest and her resume to Pruski.
"I care deeply about education, and we've made really significant progress over the last 10 to 12 years in Anne Arundel County," said Owens, 69, of Crownsville. "I thought I would throw my name in the mix if there is any way I can be of service and help only as an interim superintendent."
Pruski would neither confirm nor deny whether Owens had contacted him.
"We have had people who have contacted us about the position," he said. "Finding an interim superintendent is a personnel matter with legal, contractual and confidentiality requirements. We're still ferreting out the process."
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