Anne Arundel County

Board says 50 applicants are seeking superintendent post

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

Interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins has announced the formation of a 15-person task force to examine school start times and provide a report to the Board of Education in September.

On Dec. 18, the board asked Perkins to create the task force, which will include school system personnel, officials from the Anne Arundel County Police Department and Department of Recreation and Parks and appointees from six groups with various affiliations with the county schools.

The group held its first meeting this past week, and will meet monthly through August. Maureen McMahon, assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs, and Kathy Lane, executive director of alternative education, will co-chair the task force. Other members are:

•Lt. Doyle Batten, commander, Police Department's school safety section.


•Pam Bukowksi, president, Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs.

•Kia Chandler, parent and member of the Countywide Citizen Advisory Committee.

•Franklin Chaney, chief of recreation services, Department of Recreation and Parks.

•Jacob Horstkamp, student, North County High School.

•Greg LeGrand, coordinator of athletics for county schools.

•Heather Macintosh, co-founder, Anne Arundel County chapter of Start School Later.


•Wanda McIntire, acting supervisor of transportation for the county schools.

•William Myers, principal of South River High School and president of the Association of Educational Leaders.

•Kate Snyder, teacher, MacArthur Middle School, representing the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.

•Carol Streeter, chair, Parent Involvement Advisory Committee.

•Chris Truffer, regional assistant superintendent of the county schools' Annapolis and Broadneck clusters.

•Teresa Tudor, senior manager of the county schools' School and Family Partnerships.


Prom dresses, accessories

The Anne Arundel Community College Student Engagement Office and Campus Activities Board are collecting prom-style dresses and accessories for the spring prom season to help local girls who might not otherwise be able to afford to dress up.

Drop off donations by Saturday, March 1, in the college's Student Union Room 202, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Dresses should be gently used, clean, free of stains or tears and preferably on a hanger. Shoes and accessories must be in "like new" condition.

For more information, call Kimberly Herrera at 410-777-2043 or email