The Board of Education unanimously approved a new four-year contract for Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto on Wednesday evening.
The board reappointed Arlotto to the position in February, contingent on the contract negotiation and the approval of the state superintendent — which the system received.
Arlotto’s salary for his first year under the new contract will be $269,000. His new term begins July 1.
His current salary is $259,996, according to schools spokesman Bob Mosier. He can get raises along with other 12-month executive staff, or Unit VI, employees.
Before they voted to approve Arlotto’s contract, board members took turns praising the superintendent.
Board member Colin Reinhard said he thinks Arlotto brings a sense of stability to the system.
“We’ve seen in our neighboring large districts some of the challenges the superintendent and CEOs have had,” he said.
Drawing laughter, Reinhard said Arlotto was one of the most tenured superintendents in the state at this point. Arlotto has been superintendent since 2014.
Arlotto has said in the past that while they may condemn the actions of a child, they must never condemn the child, President Julie Hummer mentioned.
“I appreciate that as a mother and an educator, as we always remember that it’s the children first and we’re never going to blame them for things. It is our job to help them,” she said.
Student member of the board Luisa Cole offered her perspective as well.
“I can commend you for valuing student opinion, never knocking down a child for being young and developing relationships and knowing that we have a close relationship, and that I’m not the only student that has a relationship like this for you,” Cole said.
In public comment before the vote, parent Colleen Ireland testified against approving Arlotto’s contract. Last month the federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation into discrimination for sexual harassment after Ireland filed a complaint against the system regarding her daughter, who is in high school.
“As the CEO of a $1 billion corporation, why are you not actively addressing and investigating the pervasive sexual bullying and violence in your schools?” Ireland said.
Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said the system is aware of the complaint and is working with the Office for Civil Rights.
Incoming secretary for the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs, Lisa Shore, said the system is fortunate to have Arlotto as a superintendent.
“I do feel that your passion for children shines through, your respect for children shines through, your ability to have conversations with people, especially children, in a respectful way, I highly value,” she said.
In addition to the contributions to the Maryland State Teachers Retirement and Pension System, which the board is legally required to fund according to the contract, the board must make four quarterly payments totaling $20,000 each year into a Section 403(b) or Section 457 for Arlotto. In his previous contract, a contribution of $20,000 was contributed to a Section 403(b) or Section 457 fund in a lump sum at the end of the fiscal year.
Under the new contract, the board has the option of making an additional $10,000 contribution to a Section 403(b) or Section 457 fund based on its year-end review and evaluation of Arlotto’s service.
Under the contract, the board will evaluate Arlotto annually in writing based on improvement in students’ academic achievement, management of the school system, progress on implementing goals laid out in the system’s strategic plan, implementation of any budget, promotion of community involvement, satisfaction with school system programs, developing and maintaining a good working relationship with the board, and improving and expanding the system’s programs and services.
In his last contract, Arlotto’s performance was also evaluated annually in writing, using the same criteria.
After the vote, Arlotto said he appreciated the board’s continued confidence in himself and his team. He said he is honored to serve another four years.
“This is the school system on the verge of doing some incredible things on behalf of children,” he said.
The school system has kids who amaze him daily, dedicated parents, a community that cares and a staff who love what they do, Arlotto said.
“I have surrounded myself by an incredible group of people that care every day about children, and that’s our focus each and every day,” he said.