Leadership Changes: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s and Calvert Schools

As reported in the Baltimore Sun, Anne Arundel County School Superintendent Kevin Maxwell will leave his post to become the chief of the Prince George’s County Public Schools, according to three sources familiar with the move.

Maxwell, 61, who has been superintendent in Anne Arundel since 2006, previously worked as an administrator and teacher in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

Maxwell was named Educator of the Year for 2007 by the Maryland Parent Teacher Association for his commitment to developing relationships with students, parents and the community, county school officials said.

He also launched the county’s magnet programs as part of the school system’s Programs of Choice initiatives to offer more educational choices for students and their families. Those efforts included the county’s first Performing and Visual Arts magnet at Bates Middle School and the infusion of arts integration curricula in five elementary schools.

For more information, see the full story from the Sun.

And, as reported by the Southern Maryland Newpapers Online, the Calvert County Board of Education appointed Nancy Highsmith as the interim superintendent for the 2013-2014 school year Wednesday.

Highsmith was the principal at Patuxent High School for seven years and is now the first female leader in Calvert County Public Schools’ history, according to Eugene Karol, board of education president.

The board will begin a national search to find a permanent superintendent to replace outgoing Superintendent Jack Smith, who announced his resignation last week and has since accepted a position with the Maryland State Department of Education. Highsmith said she intends to be a candidate for the permanent position.

For more information, see the full story from Southern Maryland Newspapers Online.