Ward named superintendent of Kent schools


Bonnie Ward, who has overseen curriculum, instruction and staff development as an assistant superintendent of Kent County's public schools, has been named the system's superintendent.

Ward, 54, was chosen by the county Board of Education at a meeting Monday night and signed a four-year contract calling for an annual salary of $100,500, said Ann Dwyer, president of the board for Kent - whose system, with eight schools, is Maryland's smallest.

She succeeds Lorraine A. Costella, who announced that she will retire at the end of the school year to spend more time with her family. As superintendent since 1994, Costella led the Eastern Shore system from 14th in the state on Maryland's annual exams to the top scores in 1999 and 2000.

Ward, whose degrees include a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Maryland, has been an educator for more than 30 years. Her resume includes 16 years teaching at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, and at Zweibrucken American High School in Germany. She was an adjunct professor at Hood College and curriculum consultant before joining the Kent system.

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