Catholic schools chief Valenti to retire in June

November 10, 2009

The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced Monday that schools Superintendent Ronald J. Valenti will retire at the end of the school year. Valenti, 66, who has worked for the archdiocese's Catholic schools for nearly 20 years, says the timing is right for him to step down because of the strategic plan being developed by the Blue Ribbon Committee on Schools. "The work being done by the Blue Ribbon Committee is extremely important and will require a long commitment," said Valenti, who added that he wants to remain active in the field of education. During his 17 years as superintendent, his accomplishments include instituting a requirement that all schools be accredited by the Middle States Association, creating the PRIDE program for children with special needs, and raising expectations for academic achievement through curriculum mapping. His last day will be June 30.

- Baltimore Sun staff

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