Anne Arundel interim superintendent will not seek job permanently

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Anne Arundel County Public Schools will definitely have a new superintendent next school years after interim leader Mamie J. Perkins announced she will not seek the job permanently.

Perkins considered applying for the position, but in the end decided to step down after her contract expires on June 30.

Perkins spent more than 26 years in Howard County and 13 years in Baltimore City schools before retiring in 2012. She began her term with Anne Arundel County Public Schools on August 1, succeeding Kevin Maxwell, who left to become Chief Executive Officer of Prince George's County Public Schools.

"When the Board of Education hired me last summer, I made it clear that I would do the very best I could in leading the transition between the previous superintendent and the next leader of this school system," said Perkins in a statement.

"While the opportunity for me to apply certainly existed, in the end I decided the best course was to do what I had originally said I was going to do. That decision will allow me to focus solely on the crucial work we have at hand, such as the continued implementation of Common Core, and do everything I can over the next four-plus months to support and enhance opportunities for our children."

Perkins said she did not make her decision known publicly last week because she wanted to afford the Board of Education the opportunity to see the names of those candidates who did apply. According to the school system, 55 people applied for the position and the Board of Education plans to appoint a new superintendent on April 23 with the candidate starting officially on July 1.

"Mamie Perkins has been the right person at the right time for our school system, and has been every bit the committed and passionate leader we believed we were hiring when she arrived last summer," said Board President Teresa Milio Birge in a statement.

"Our Board fully respects her decision not to submit her name for future consideration. We thank her for the work she has done thus far, look forward to continuing our work with her through June, and wish her nothing but the best going forward."

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