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School Superintendent Larry L. Lorton underwent surgery Monday at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis and is expected to be out for several weeks.

A routine medical examination Friday led to the surgery after a tumor was found on his colon. Whether it was cancerous or benign has yet to be determined.

Lorton was listed in good condition yesterday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.

Deputy Superintendent C. Berry Carter will takeover the superintendent's responsibilities during his recovery period.

Scheduled meetings will be run by Lorton's administrative staff. One forthcoming meeting is an advisory forum at Corkran Middle Monday night, one of four parent forums scheduled throughout thecounty.

Parents from George Cromwell Elementary had hoped to speak with Lorton at the forum about a change in policy that would take the job of checking students for head lice away from the county Health Department.

Carter will also fill in for Lorton during a school board meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 2, at the Board of Education's Riva Roadheadquarters in Annapolis.

"The (school) board has complete confidence in Berry Carter to act during the period of Dr. Lorton's recovery," school board member Thomas Twombly said. "It should be business as usual. I don't see us doing anything different. We'll just have towait. It looks like things happened rather quickly. We don't have a handle on what the situation is or might be. We don't expect to see any deadlines missed."

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