Superintendent finalists announced
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Board of Education Wednesday, March 7, announced the names of three finalists to be the next Queen Anne’s County Superintendent of Schools. Each finalist will participate in a “Day in the District” beginning Monday, March 13. The three finalists are current Interim Assistant Superintendent Gregory J. Pilewski, Dr. Theo L. Cramer and Dr. Andrea Kane.
The finalists were selected after advertising and recruiting for the position was conducted with assistance from the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. Stakeholders were asked what characteristics they desired in a new superintendent. After reviewing applications, the board conducted two rounds of interviews and af- ter an orientation and preparation meeting on March 7, members of focus groups participated in again interviewing the finalists.
The board’s goal is to choose the top candidate for superintendent by the first of April and vote to appoint the chosen candidate and make their announcement in an open session meet- ing after April 15. The new superintendent would start work on July 1, 2017.
Pilewski has served as Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services and School Improvement and Interim Superintendent of Schools for Queen Anne’s County. Previously, Pilewski served Anne Arundel County Public Schools, occupying the positions of Director of Curriculum, Director of Humanities and Arts, Executive Director of Curriculum Innovation and Design and Assistant Superintendent for
Curriculum and Instruction. He will spend his “Day in the District” visiting schools and stakeholders on March 13.
Cramer will visit on March 14. He has served in the Maryland public school system for 26 years. He spent 17 years with Prince George’s County Public Schools and nine years with St. Mar y’s County Public schools. During his career in public education, he has been a middle and high school
teacher, a Special Education and Advanced Placement course teacher, assistant high school principal, high school principal, and director and executive director of several depar tments in the Central Office.
On March 15, Kane will visit county schools. Kane’s education career began in 1991 with Anne Arundel County Public Schools in a multitude of instructional and leadership roles. She has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, senior manager for elementar y improvement, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction and Associate Super-
intendent for School Performance. Kane also has served Richmond Public Schools (Richmond City, VA), in the role of Associate Superintendent of Academic Services/ Chief Academic Officer.
Each candidates visits will include an informal coffee time with local officials; interviews with panels of central office administrators, principals, support staff and retirees, business leaders, teachers, parents and community leaders; a brief tour of three Queen Anne’s County schools; lunch with students; scheduled time to meet with media; and dinner and talk with Board of Education members.
In July 2016, the decision was made by the Board of Education to offer Gregory Pilewski, who was the current Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services and School Improvement, the position of Interim Superintendent for the 2016-2017 school year.
In October 2016, MABE held stakeholder input sessions to gather the criteria that shaped the search for a new superintendent. In November, the superintendent opening was posted widely so that qualified local, state and national candidates could apply, with the first consideration of applications by MABE in January 2017, with
these final round of interviews being conducted with various stakeholder groups March 13-15. These groups will provide input to the Board as it prepares to choose a new superintendent.
To the focus group participants, Board of Education President Bishop Arlene Taylor said, “I am very glad that you have agreed to take part in this historic event, in assisting us in the choosing of our new Superintendent.”
On behalf of the Board of Education, Taylor said, “We, the Board of Education, give you our heartfelt thanks. We all are striving to do what is best for our children.”
DR. ANDREA KANE
DR. THEO L. CRAMER
GREGORY J. PILEWSKI