Howard Co. superintendent Cousin out until after spring break

School leader on medical leave for lymphoma

February 23, 2011|By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun

Howard County Public Schools superintendent Sydney Cousin, who is on medical leave battling lymphoma, will not return to work until after spring break in late April, a memo released Wednesday to school system employees said.

The county superintendent since 2004, Cousin took an indefinite medical leave in early January. Earlier this month, school officials announced that he was battling lymphoma and would be out at least until March 1.

On Wednesday, a memo to employees said that while Cousin looks forward to returning to the school system, his doctors have advised him to wait until after spring break. Spring break in Howard County public schools ends on April 25.

The memo also said that Cousin "is getting healthier and stronger every day."

Mamie Perkins, who was Cousin's chief of staff, was named to fill the vacant deputy superintendent's position shortly after Cousin's medical leave was announced.

Perkins was not available for comment on Wednesday.

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