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Santos leaves as Edgewood High principal, Kilo Mack taking over

After nine years leading Edgewood High School, Larissa Santos is no longer the school's principal. She resigned July 15, according to Harford County Public Schools.
After nine years leading Edgewood High School, Larissa Santos is no longer the school's principal. She resigned July 15, according to Harford County Public Schools. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

Larissa Santos, who spent nine years as principal of Edgewood High School and was honored previously as Maryland's top secondary school principal, will not be leading EHS when students return in August for the 2016-17 school year.

Santos resigned on July 15, a Harford County Public Schools spokesperson confirmed Thursday. She will be replaced by Kilo Mack, a veteran Harford educator who has been the principal of the HCPS alternative education program at the Center for Educational Opportunity in Aberdeen.

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Santos presided over the Class of 2016's commencement ceremony in June, and she was listed as the principal for the upcoming school year in a directory of school administrators posted on the Harford County Public Schools website earlier this summer.

No change for Edgewood High's administration was listed on a series of in-school administrative transfers and promotions approved by the board of education in June, before adjourning for the summer. Santos' name was removed from the school's website in the past week, however, and one of the assistant principals, Marc Manzo, was listed as acting principal.

Edgewood high school had nearly 1,200 students in during the last school year.

"Ms. Santos resigned from her position as the principal at Edgewood High School on July 15, 2016," HCPS said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon through HCPS Manager of Communications Jillian Lader. "As is the case with all personnel matters, we will not provide additional comment on her employment status."

An unusual all-male graduating class at Harford County's alternative education program gave principal Kilo Mack the chance to remind the seniors what manhood is about.

"We are excited to announce Mr. Kilo Mack has been named the next principal at Edgewood High School," the statement continued. "Mr. Mack previously held the position of principal at the Alternative Education Program at the CEO for two years, and prior to that spent 13 years as an assistant principal within Harford County Public Schools."

Mack has been an assistant principal at Fallston High School, Edgewood Middle School, Edgewood High School, Bel Air High School, Joppatowne High School and Aberdeen High School, according to the statement.

Santos, a native of Texas, started working at Edgewood 15 years ago. She entered a school in need of a major turnaround, she said during a 2014 interview, where she talked about how she worked with faculty, staff and students to boost school spirit, academic performance and graduation rates.

Kilo Mack, right, shown at the June graduation of the Center for Educational Opprtunity, has been named principal of Edgewood High School replacing Larissa Santos, who resigned on July 15.
Kilo Mack, right, shown at the June graduation of the Center for Educational Opprtunity, has been named principal of Edgewood High School replacing Larissa Santos, who resigned on July 15. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

Though not ranked nationally, EHS was named a bronze medal school in the closely followed 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best High School Rankings. Edgewood had an 18.5 percent College Readiness Index, based on how students performed on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests, according to the rankings.

The school also hosts the International Baccalaureate magnet program, which is open to students throughout Harford County.

The Maryland Association for Secondary School Principals named Santos Maryland's Principal of the Year for 2013.

Efforts to reach Santos, as well as Edgewood High PTA leaders, were unsuccessful.

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