Harford County Public Schools has consolidated a number of top administrative positions as the school system's 2014 fiscal year gets under way, with some positions being eliminated in the process.

The changes were made by Barbara Canavan, who took over as interim school superintendent as of July 1, after being promoted from executive director of middle school performance.


Canavan will serve for one year, as Board of Education members search for a permanent superintendent in the wake of the departure of Robert Tomback, who completed his four-year term as superintendent in June and did not renew his contract.

More than 100 positions throughout the school system, including several in the central office, were eliminated as part of measures passed by the Board of Education in June to close a gap of more than $20 million between what school officials had requested for the 2014 fiscal year budget and what the county, state and federal governments provided.

Manager of Communications Teri Kranefeld confirmed the administrative changes announced were part of that reduction in central office positions.

One of the positions eliminated was Canavan's former post.

Executive director of middle school performance has been merged with the executive director of high school performance, according to a news release from the school system. Joseph Schmitz will oversee middle and high schools, and Angela Morton will remain as executive director of elementary school performance.

The middle and high school positions had been one until they were split three years ago. Schmitz has been serving as the high school director.

The positions of coordinator of intervention and coordinator of magnet programs also have been eliminated.

School officials stated current administrators are taking on the duties of the positions that were eliminated.

In addition to Schmitz as the high school and middle school director, Mary Beth Stapleton will take on more responsibility as the coordinator of grants and business and community partnerships, as will Leeann Schubert, the coordinator of school improvement and intervention.

Though Susan Brown's former position of coordinator of intervention was removed, she was shifted to serve as acting executive director of curriculum and instruction.

The role of associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction also was eliminated, and Brown, the new acting executive director, will take on some of the former duties of the associate superintendent.

Kranefeld wrote in an e-mail Thursday that the former associate superintendent "was no longer an employee with HCPS," and that position was eliminated once it became vacant.

The administrator was not among the school employees let go as part of the system's Reduction In Force, which followed the budget reconciliation.

Two vacant positions, supervisor of business technology and magnet programs, and supervisor of equity and cultural proficiency, will be filled, according to the news release.


School officials previously announced 19 "administrator transfers and assignments" at individual schools for the upcoming school year.

Natalie Holloway will be the principal of Bel Air Middle School and Sean Abel will be principal of Patterson Mill Middle and High School.

Assistant principals who will work 10 months a year include Albert Johnson and Lori Mitchell at Aberdeen High School, Melissa McKay at Aberdeen Middle School, Rose Martino at Bel Air Elementary School, Matt Koester at Fallston Middle School, Jessica Hoover at Fountain Green Elementary, Mary Kay Malone at Harford Technical High, Colleen Searfino at Joppatowne High, Jonise Stallings at North Harford High, and Reginald Perry at Roye-Williams Elementary in Havre de Grace.

Twelve-month assistant principals include Robert DeLeva at Aberdeen High, Sherry Bosley at C. Milton Wright High in Bel Air, Carlton Ford at Edgewood High, Valerie Cooper at Fallston High, Christine Kelly at Fallston Middle, Joseph Collins at Harford Tech and John Krouse at Patterson Mill Middle.

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