Hickey says he'll leave in 4 years

November 12, 1991|By Michael J. Clark | Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun

Howard County Superintendent of Schools Michael E. Hickey, whose contract will be extended for four years, has said he'll leave the job when it expires.

Mr. Hickey, 53, said yesterday that the board had told him it would extend his contract and that he had said he would accept, but "it would be my last reappointment because it would be best for the system to have new leadership and it will allow me to consider my options." Those options include pursuing a college teaching career, Mr. Hickey said.

During Mr. Hickey's eight-year tenure, Howard County received the top ranking among state public school districts on the Maryland School Performance Program's first report card last November.

Among his major accomplishments have been reducing class sizes, instituting a gifted and talented program, setting up an elementary guidance counseling program and developing partnerships between the school system and more than 100 businesses that supplement programs in the schools.

He initiated "Toward the Year 2000," which involved community, staff and students in developing a long range program for the school system.

Last week Mr. Hickey, whose annual salary is $99,300 a year, was named "superintendent of the year" in Maryland by the American Association of School Administrators and the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland.

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