Anne Arundel school board delays superintendent announcement

The Anne Arundel County school board has postponed its Wednesday announcement of its new superintendent, saying it needs additional time to negotiate a contract and perform background checks.

School board president Teresa Birge said Monday the board decided before mapping out its agenda for Wednesday's meeting that it wasn't ready to announce the decision. She declined to say whether the board had chosen the superintendent.

After receiving 55 applicants in February, the board last month narrowed down its selection to three finalists: George Arlotto, school system chief of staff; Maureen McMahon, assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs; and Francisco Durán, superintendent of Trenton Public Schools in New Jersey.

The three are vying to replace former permanent superintendent Kevin Maxwell, who left last year to take a similar position in Prince George's County.

"We are still in that phase between the interviews and announcing someone. The background investigation and negotiating contract have taken a little longer" than anticipated, said Birge. She said the school board will now make the announcement during its May 7 regularly scheduled meeting or a special meeting prior to that.

"The process is moving forward as it should," Birge said.

Birge said that none of the three finalists have backed out of the process.

Arlotto, McMahon and Durán could not be reached for comment. Several members of the panel of residents that interviewed finalists for the position declined comment, citing confidentiality agreements.

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