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Baltimore city school board approves contract for new CEO, other leadership appointments

Baltimore city school board approves contract for new CEO, other leadership appointments

The Baltimore city school board approved a four-year-contract Tuesday for the new superintendent Sonja Santelises, ushering in what many hope will be a renewed focus on academics after the troubled tenure of her predecessor.

Santelises' appointment as the city schools CEO formally begins July 1. Her four-year contract will pay her $298,000 per-year and mirrors that of former schools CEO Gregory Thornton, who left the district Friday just two years into his four year contract and with a year's pay of his $290,000 annual salary.

Marnell Cooper, chair of the school board, praised Santelises and said the board is "energized by what she's going to bring to this...

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