The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County voted Wednesday to appoint Superintendent George Arlotto to a second four-year term.
The reappointment isn’t final — it is contingent on the board and Arlotto agreeing to a new contract, according to schools spokesman Bob Mosier.
State schools Superintendent Karen Salmon also needs to approve the decision. Mosier said the system has until June 30, when Arlotto’s contract expires, to negotiate the contract and secure Salmon’s approval.
The board’s vote was unanimous.
“I would just like to say I’m delighted that you want to stay another four years,” school board member Stacy Korbelak said.
Board President Julie Hummer echoed that.
Arlotto has served as head of the school system since 2014, and has worked for Anne Arundel schools for 12 years. It was the fifth largest system in the state when he started — now it’s the fourth.
“I have been honored and humbled for the past four years to serve as the superintendent, and the past 12 to work in this wonderful county,” Arlotto said.
Arlotto credited his employees.
“It’s the people that make a difference on behalf of the children,” Arlotto said.
Owen McEvoy, a spokesman for County Executive Steve Schuh, said Arlotto has been a great leader and a good partner as the county is pursuing a large school construction campaign.
“The county executive is behind the superintendent, and we're excited to continue to work with him,” McEvoy said.
Teacher’s Association of Anne Arundel County President Richard Benfer said Arlotto has been open to bringing the union’s voice into curriculum, instruction and policies.
“Even though we may disagree on some things, the door is always open,” Benfer said. “I can go and ask him anything.”
Arlotto’s current salary is $259,996 a year.
In addition to his salary, Arlotto receives $700 a month to pay for a vehicle and related expenses. The board is also required to pay for a $500,000 term life insurance policy for Arlotto.
At the end of each year he has served, the board is obligated to put $20,000 into a Section 402(b) or Section 457 plan for him, a stipulation that is meant to motivate Arlotto to remain with the system, the contract said.
Hummer had a final comment after the board took its vote.
“I think we have the best superintendent in the state,” she said.