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Pending contract, Baltimore man to be new superintendent

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Baltimore school official has been chosen to become superintendent of the Kansas City school district.

Kansas City School Board members voted Wednesday to begin contract negotiations with Mark Bedell. He is currently assistant superintendent for high schools for the Baltimore County public schools.

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The Kansas City Star reports Bedell would be paid $210,000 to $250,000 a year.

This would be the first superintendent's job for Bedell. He worked for 12 years in the Houston Independent School District as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and school improvement officer.

He replaces Steve Green, the district's 27th superintendent, who left in May to lead a district in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Bedell will lead a provisionally-accredited school district with about 14,000 students that is working toward regaining full state accreditation.

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