Su­per­in­ten­dent fi­nal­ists an­nounced

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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

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