County school official to run Wash. district

April 17, 1996|By Marego Athans | Marego Athans,SUN STAFF

Michael N. Riley, one of Baltimore County's top school administrators, has been named superintendent of the 16,000-student school district in Bellevue, Wash.

Dr. Riley, 45, was chosen by the Bellevue school board Monday night -- just days after the announcement of his promotion to deputy superintendent in Baltimore County. He begins his new job July 1, at a salary of $115,000.

School officials throughout Baltimore County yesterday lamented losing Dr. Riley, an educator known for tough-minded vision and viewed as a rising star. He has been associate superintendent for administration and curriculum. He was to become deputy superintendent July 1 -- the system's No. 2 spot, which he would have shared with a new hire, Elfreda W. Massie of Montgomery County schools.

"I am very pleased that Dr. Riley has achieved a goal of his, which was to become a superintendent," said his boss, Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione. "We are going to miss him. He was going to be an integral part of the new organization. But we can't stand in the way of a well-deserved promotion."

Dr. Riley did not apply for the top post in the nearly 102,000-student Baltimore County system because, he said, he supported Dr. Marchione and it would have been inappropriate to compete with him for the job.

County schools spokesman Donald I. Mohler credited Dr. Riley with, among other efforts, pushing the use of hard data to propel reform.

"Mike has been known for his ability to focus the teachers in Baltimore County on effective instruction. He has been a true instructional leader," Mr. Mohler said.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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