The Anne Arundel County Board of Education said last week that at least 50 people have applied for the position of superintendent.

The school system closed its application deadline Monday for the vacant superintendent position and now begins the process of picking a permanent replacement for Kevin Maxwell, who left the school system in August to take a similar position in Prince George's County.

Stacy Korbelak, chair of the ad hoc superintendent search committee, said the firm conducting the search, Iowa-based Ray and Associates, was expected to give the school system access to its applications database, allowing each board member to review all applications and recommend up to 12 applicants for interviews

"We will meet on March 5 to narrow down the list to somewhere between six to eight applicants," Korbelak said.

She said the school system will conduct interviews in March, and "once we have narrowed down the applicants to between one to three finalists we will have them meet with a panel of stakeholders.

Meanwhile, she said, the school board's budget and search committees have been reviewing superintendent contract language from other states and counties.

The school system is expected to vote on the next superintendent in April.

The contract for interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins' runs through June 30. The new superintendent is expected to begin a four-year term July 1.

Asked if she had she applied for the position, Perkins declined comment.

Joe Burris

Monarch holds meet and greets with new principal

Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School, opening next school year in the Maryland City area, is holding two meet-and-greets with its new principal, Donna O'Shea.

The meet-and-greets are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jessup Community Hall in Jessup; and Thursday, March 6, at the Monarch Academy in Glen Burnie.

For the Glen Burnie event, transportation will be provided at 5:15 p.m. from Resurrection Catholic Church on Brock Bridge Road in Laurel.

O'Shea was named principal of the new school earlier this year.

The school, currently under construction and opening in August, is still accepting enrollment applications from the Maryland City, Brock Bridge and Jessup elementary areas. According to the school's website, as of Feb. 11, the school has experienced "brisk enrollment interest" from those communities, but the maximum enrollment target hadn't been met. Once the target is reached, the school will continue to accept wait-list applications.

If a student applied before Feb. 10, enrollment is guaranteed and parents will be receiving formal letters of acceptance in the coming weeks. Students will continue to be accepted until the maximum enrollment for the first year is met.

For more information on the Monarch school, or to apply for enrollment, go to

—Sara Toth, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Superintendent names panel to study start times