Robert M. Tomback not only ended his first and only term as superintendent of Harford County Public Schools in June, he also retired after nearly 37 years in the Maryland public school system.
Citing a decision to “pursue other opportunities”, Tomback, 63, had announced in February that he would not seek a second 4-year term as superintendent. In the months that followed, Tomback didn’t discuss his plans publicly, even as he gave a heartfelt farewell at his last school board meeting on June 24th.
Confirmation of Tomback’s retirement didn’t come until Harford County Public Schools published a routine report in late July, listing the names of personnel who left the system at the end of the school year:
Upon retirement, Tomback’s pension from the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System is $11,948.79 per month, or $143,385.48 per year, before taxes and other deductions, according to Michael Golden, the state agency’s director of external affairs. As with other Maryland public school retirees, Tomback’s pension is based on his annual salary for the three years prior to retirement, which was approximately $190,000 per year. Before he came to Harford County, Tomback was an area assistant superintendent and a principal in Baltimore County Public Schools, where he served for most of his career.
Other retirement benefits specifically provided for Tomback by the Harford County Board of Education can be found here.
Upon his departure from HCPS, Tomback returned the vehicle, phone, computer and other items that were part of his contract, according to Teri Kranefeld, HCPS manager of communications. “The vehicle will either replace an older model in the fleet, which will in turn be sold at public auction; or, the vehicle itself will be sold at public auction. Any funds collected by the sale will be deposited in the general fund for the school system,” Kranefeld said.
As for Tomback, he may be retired from Maryland public schools, but he remains in the working world:
Atlantic Research Partners is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Tomback has joined our team as a Senior Advisor and Faculty Member. Dr. Tomback brings to his work with Atlantic extensive experience as a middle and high school classroom teacher, as a middle school assistant principal, as a middle and high school principal, as an area assistant superintendent, and as a district superintendent.
Dr. Robert Tomback:
Senior Advisor and Faculty Member Senior Advisor and Faculty Member
Dr. Tomback brings to his work with Atlantic Research Partners extensive experience as a middle and high school classroom teacher, as a middle school assistant principal, as a middle and high school principal, as an area assistant superintendent, and as a district superintendent. He began his career in the New York City Public Schools—teaching in the high school from which he graduated—before transitioning to his teaching and administrative roles in the Baltimore County, Maryland Public Schools and ultimately to his leadership as superintendent of the Harford County, Maryland Public Schools.
Having earned a reputation as an innovative leader and consensus builder, Dr. Tomback is driven by an unwavering focus on the continuous improvement of achievement for all students. As a collaborative leader, Dr. Tomback focused his school district’s priorities squarely on building the quality of classroom instruction, the quality of school-based and district-wide instructional leadership, as well as channeling the work of central office, school-based, and operations personnel to support continuous growth of student achievement. His school district received national recognition for significant growth in Advanced Placement program student participation and success, while promulgating initiatives to build efficacy and efficiency system-wide.
Dr. Tomback has been recognized as an Outstanding Professional by the University of Maryland, College of Education and as an Outstanding School System Superintendent by the Maryland State Council on Gifted and Talented Education. Dr. Tomback has served on numerous county and state commissions and advisory boards. In addition, he has co-authored learning programs in law-related education and has presented at annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association and the Society for Research in Child Development.
Dr. Tomback received his B.A. from The City College of New York, his M.A. from The City University of New York, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.