School system administrator to retire

Nancy M. Mann to depart after 35 years of service

June 29, 2005|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

A third Anne Arundel County school system administrator with more than 30 years of experience in the county schools announced her retirement yesterday.

Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Nancy M. Mann will end 35 years as a teacher, elementary school principal and central office administrator tomorrow, according to the school district.

Mann was named director of elementary schools in 1985 and became assistant superintendent 12 years ago. She oversaw numerous changes after Superintendent Eric J. Smith arrived in 2002, including the adoption of uniform reading and math curricula countywide and the increased graduation credit requirement approved last year, which stemmed from the change to block scheduling in high schools.

Smith said no decisions have been made about a replacement, although he said Mann had organized a strong staff and curriculum development team that will continue in her absence. "She and I are very confident that the work that is under way is going to produce another great year," he said.

Smith said the school system has benefited from years of experience contributed by veteran employees. Mann had been contemplating retirement, he said, and he thanked her for her service.

This spring, longtime Deputy Superintendent Kenneth P. Lawson and former human resources Director Lin Blackman retired. The school board has approved Florie Bozzella to replace Blackman and created two new positions to handle Lawson's former responsibilities.

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