New Superintendant Kane signs contract
CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Public Schools will pay Dr. Andrea Kane a base annual salary of $169,000 for her first year as superintendent of schools. According to Kane’s four-year contract, she will perform all the duties of her position as set forth in the Maryland Annotated Code, and the policies of the Board of Education of Queen Anne’s County, “as may be amended from time to time.” As superintendent, Kane also serves as executive officer, secretary and treasurer of the board. Kane will advise the board, but does not carry a vote.
On June 30, the Board of Education of Queen Anne’s County entered by agreement into a contract with Kane as Superintendent of Schools. The board met on May 23 and moved to appoint and employ Kane as superintendent for four years beginning July 1, 2017. The appointment was approved by the State Superintendent of Schools.
Kane, who is most recently of Richmond, Va., will hold and maintain a valid certificate issued by the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools as required by Maryland Law. According to Kane’s contract, she is attempting to relocate to Queen Anne’s County. Her contract states, if she is unable to secure a residence of her choice by July 1, the Board will reimburse for up to four months of temporary housing expenses, at a maximum amount of $2,400 per month.
A key function of Kane’s role as superintendent, she will “have the authority to select, hire, appoint or recommend for appointment, promote or recommend for promotion, assign, transfer, direct and supervise administrators, teachers and other Board employees under her supervision in a manner that best serves the school system, consistent with state and federal law and regulations.”
The superintendent’s contract also requires her to represent the school system at a variety of governmental relations and community activities.
The position of superintendent is subject to review by the board, and on or before Sept. 15 of each year, the board and superintendent will meet to establish the superintendent’s annual performance goals.
In addition to Kane’s base salary of $169,000 for her first year — with allowances for the annual salary for each subsequent year to be increased by an amount as determined by the Board, and the same percentage cost-ofliving adjustment each year granted to executive staff employees — other benefits the superintendent will receive include life insurance; 30 vacation days per year, accrued sick days at the rate of 15 per year, 7 personal days, and holidays as provided to other 12-month administrative personnel; personal health benefits; a vehicle and insurance, or allowance for her personal vehicle for transportation related to the position of superintendent at a rate of $625 per month; participation in the State and local pension/retirement system; annual 403(b) contributions of $15,000 plus 2 percent of annual salary for each year completed; board provided communication equipment, i.e. cellular phone, iPad, laptop or other personal communication device and internet access/service, or an allowance of $450 per month; and protection services if warranted during her position as superintendent or because of the performance of related duties.
Payment of an annual performance incentive bonus based upon the established criteria shall be in the board’s sole discretion.
The contract of the superintendent may be terminated prior to the expiration of the four-year term by mutual agreement of the parties; retirement; permanent disability; discharge for cause; the Superintendent’s resignation.
Kane attended her first meeting of the Board of Education as superintendent on July 12.
“I am excited to be here,” said Kane, noting the number of emails and drop-in visitors she has had thus far. Kane said she applauds the work of the leadership team at QACPS and the work of the Interim Superintendent Gregory Pilewski, who has resumed his position of assistant superintendent.
“Thank you for your trust and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you,” said Kane.
A superintendent meet and greet is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Kennard Cultural Heritage Center.