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Kevin M. Maxwell, the new county school superintendent, will earn an annual base salary of $225,000 under a four-year contract approved last week by the Board of Education. Maxwell, who will begin work July 1, will be the fifth-highest-paid superintendent in Maryland, based on 2005-2006 salaries compiled by the state Department of Education.

Added provisions push Maxwell's total compensation package to about $275,000, according to the school system. Those provisions include an annual performance bonus of about 10 percent of his base salary and an annual $15,000 payment to a retirement fund for each year he is with the school system.

In addition, he will receive a $750 monthly car allowance, a cellular phone and a home computer with Internet access paid for by the board. Before taking any sick time earned while in Anne Arundel, Maxwell will be allowed to use the 261 days of sick leave he accrued while working in Montgomery County.

Eric J. Smith, who stepped down as superintendent last year, had a compensation package of about $300,000 annually.


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