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Board of Education OKs New Superintendent’s Contract

The Montgomery County Board of Education officially appointed Dr. Jack Smith as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools and approved his employment contract on Tuesday, March 8.

Under the terms of the four-year contract, Smith will earn a salary of $275,000 per year, and also will receive $40,000 in deferred compensation, as well as a contribution of $19,875 toward his retirement plan. Dr. Smith also will receive other benefits, including health, disability, and life insurance; moving expenses; and the use of a vehicle. The Board unanimously approved the four-year contract.

Smith, who has been serving as interim state superintendent of schools since September 2015, will begin his tenure in Montgomery County on July 1. He succeeds Larry A. Bowers, who has served as interim superintendent since February 2015 and plans to retire on June 30, 2016.

“Jack Smith is an exceptionally skilled leader who will build on our district’s legacy of excellence, and help us ensure that we have a school system where every child has the opportunity to succeed,” said Michael A. Durso, president of the Board of Education. “Dr. Smith brings tremendous expertise both at the district and state level with him to Montgomery County. These experiences will help him jump right in as we work together to give every student the best possible education.”

The Board conditionally appointed Smith as superintendent on February 4, 2016, pending agreement on terms of an employment contract and approval by the state superintendent of schools, as required by Maryland law. Given Smith’s current position, the Maryland State Board of Education appointed Dr. Karen Salmon on February 23, 2016, as acting interim state superintendent of schools for the purposes of approving Smith’s appointment to the Montgomery County position. Salmon sent a letter to Durso on March 7, 2016, approving Smith’s appointment as MCPS superintendent of schools. The Board and Smith completed negotiations on the terms of a four-year employment contract on Monday.

“I am looking forward to joining the Montgomery County community as superintendent of schools this summer and working with the outstanding students, parents, staff, and community leaders to make this excellent school system even better,” said Smith. “Our community rightly expects that we will give every child a first-class education, and that is what we are committed to doing. We want every child to graduate with a world of options and choices before them.”

Durso also thanked interim superintendent Bowers for his work. “We are grateful for Mr. Bowers’ excellent stewardship of the district for the past year as our interim superintendent, and his more than 38 years of outstanding service to the children of this community,” said Durso. “We wish him a happy and relaxing retirement this summer. He certainly has earned it.”

Photo by Germantown Pulse

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