New academic officer for middle schools is hired

Marilyn Perez used to oversee low-performing schools in Pa.


The Baltimore school system has appointed a new administrator to oversee the city's troubled middle schools.

Marilyn Perez, who resigned abruptly last winter from her position supervising a group of low-performing schools in Philadelphia, will be Baltimore's area academic officer for middle schools. She replaces Peggy Jackson-Jobe, who is now overseeing alternative schools.

The state ordered the school system in March to evaluate the performance of its eight area academic officers - administrators overseeing groups of schools - and replace those deemed responsible for low student performance.

Perez's appointment last week is one of a number of high-level personnel changes in the city school system under the leadership of interim Chief Executive Officer Charlene Cooper Boston.

Everene Johnson-Turner, who was the deputy chief academic officer overseeing elementary schools, was transferred last week to become the student support services officer, overseeing special education and other student services. She replaces Maryanne Ralls, who held the job on an interim basis since the resignation last year of Gayle Amos.

Sharon Kanter, the former principal of Northwestern High School, was named last month as one of two area academic officers overseeing the city's high schools. Earlier in the summer, Mary Minter, the former principal of William Paca Elementary, was named to a new position, area academic officer overseeing a group of elementary schools that must restructure because of continuing low student test scores.

The city school system did not provide salary information this week for the administrators in new positions.

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