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Erica Harris named new principal for alternative education program in Aberdeen

Erica M. Harris, previously an assistant principal at Bel Air High School, has been named principal of the alternative education program at the Center for Educational Opportunity in Aberdeen.

The Harford County Board of Education approved Harris' appointment as the CEO principal during Monday evening's board meeting. The vote was 6-0, with board members Rachel Gauthier, Thomas Fitzpatrick and Robert Frisch absent.

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Harris succeeds Kilo Mack, who was named principal at Edgewood High School earlier this summer. Mack led the Center for Educational Opportunity for two years.

Mack, who is also a former Aberdeen High School assistant principal, moved to Edgewood High to replace Larissa Santos, who resigned in mid-July after leading the school nine years.

Students in seventh through 12th grade take alternative education classes at the CEO building, a former Aberdeen High School building that is adjacent to the current AHS facility built in 2004.

The program is designed to "create an academically rigorous and safe, nurturing environment that is conducive to learning," Jean Mantegna, the school system's assistant superintendent for human resources, said.

Mantegna said the CEO principal has the same duties as other public school principals in Harford County, including the "responsibly of providing effective leadership in the operation of the schools and serving as a leader for public education within the immediate surrounding community."

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