Maryland’s state school superintendent agreed to extend her contract by one year during the coronavirus outbreak after previously saying she would leave her post June 30.
In a news release issued Tuesday, the Maryland Board of Education said Karen Salmon agreed to a new contract through June 30, 2021. The board met last week and voted to allow Salmon to continue in her current role if it couldn’t find a replacement by July 1.
“We are grateful that Dr. Salmon has agreed to continue serving Maryland’s Students during this National crisis,” the board said in the release.
Salmon, a former Talbot County school superintendent, previously told the board she would not seek another four-year term and the board had begun a search for her replacement.
Since Salmon agreed to a contract extension, the board said it will end its search for a new superintendent. It’s unclear when the search will resume, the board said, because of the coronavirus outbreak.