Arundel reportedly in talks with Mann for school job


The Anne Arundel County Board of Education is negotiating with retired Assistant Superintendent Nancy M. Mann to temporarily lead the school system, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

School board members contacted yesterday referred questions to board President Konrad M. Wayson, who did not return a phone call seeking comment. Some board members said no contract has been signed, and that an announcement likely would be made next week.

Mann, who retired in June, would temporarily replace Superintendent Eric J. Smith, who announced in August that he will leave Nov. 23 for an unpaid position at Harvard University.

Although not privy to the board's decision, County Executive Janet S. Owens said that Mann would be "a wonderful choice."

"I'm very proud that the board has selected her," Owens said.

Sheila M. Finlayson, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, said she would be thrilled if Mann, who spent 35 years in Arundel schools, starting as a teacher, takes the job.

Mann could not be reached yesterday.

Sun reporter Phillip McGowan contributed to this article.

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