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Schools to welcome new chief Carter's reception open to the public


A reception for new School Superintendent C. Berry Carter II will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Board of Education building on Riva Road in Annapolis.

The event, sponsored by the board, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. to welcome Mr. Carter as school superintendent.

Mr. Carter, who has spent 38 years with the county school system, was appointed by the board in July. He had served as acting superintendent since the resignation of Larry L. Lorton in February.

This reception will be different from previous events because this time the position is being filled by a familiar face.

The last two superintendents, Mr. Lorton and Robert C. Rice, were both hired from outside the county.

"Everyone knows him, and he has a lot of friends here," school spokeswoman Jane Doyle said.

Mr. Carter started his career as a teacher at Brooklyn Park Elementary School 38 years ago and became deputy superintendent in 1974. He spent many years as the school system's liaison to the General Assembly. He has served as acting superintendent three times and was passed over for the top post twice.

More than 400 teachers, school officials, legislators and county government leaders have been invited to the reception, Ms. Doyle said. Although invitations have been sent, the event is open to the public.

The reception will be strictly social with no agenda or formal remarks, she added. Light refreshments will be served.

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