Contract renewed for Anne Arundel schools superintendent

Maxwell to get $257,000 yearly, plus benefits through June 2014

April 08, 2010|By Nicole Fuller |

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a new four-year contract for Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell, keeping the leader of the state's fifth-largest school system in place for four more years.

Maxwell's new contact pays $257,000 annually and calls for the board to contribute $20,000 each year to a retirement fund, an increase over his current $238,703 annual salary. The contact does not contain automatic salary increases but gives the board the option of awarding a pay increase or bonus based on performance.

Maxwell, who became the county's schools chief in 2006, is the first Anne Arundel superintendent to have his contract renewed since 1998.

School board President Edward P. "Ned" Carey said Maxwell has improved the county system. During his tenure, the percentage of students scoring "advanced" or "proficient" on the Maryland School Assessment has risen by 5.9 points in math and 7.5 points in reading. In 2009, the percentage of students scoring "advanced" exceeded the state average by 8.9 points in math and 6.6 points in reading.

Maxwell has overseen the implementation of magnet programs. And the number of students taking AP exams rose from 3,233 in 2006 to 4,718 last year, an increase of 46 percent.

"We are a better school system today than we were four years ago," Carey said. "And that is a tribute to the way Dr. Maxwell and his staff have worked tirelessly and collaboratively with parents, community and business groups, this board, and others to build the momentum for improvement."

The board voted unanimously in February to reappoint Maxwell to a second term. Maxwell's contract, which contains a benefits package and vehicle allowance, runs from July 1 through June 30, 2014.

"I am very proud of the work we have done over the last four years, but I am the first to say that there is much more work to be done," Maxwell said. "We must, first and foremost, continue to find ways to close the achievement gap at a faster rate. We must also continue to create more partnerships with individuals, groups and agencies that are so crucial to the success of our students."

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