Management changes continue for Harford County Public Schools, as one newcomer arrives to fill a newly created position and several members of senior staff are on their way out, leaving openings to be filled within the next few months.
Dr. Jonathan Brown was appointed on July 12, 2010 to the new position of director of community engagement, equity, and cultural proficiency at an annual salary of $124,041.
Dr. Brown comes to Harford County from the Maryland State Department of Education where he served as a director of curriculum and instruction tasked with improving special education in Baltimore City Public Schools. Brown worked at the state level for the past “year or two”, according to MDSE spokesperson Bill Reinhardt. Prior to that, Dr. Brown was employed by Baltimore County Public Schools.
Upon Dr. Brown’s appointment by the school board, Board Vice President Leonard Wheeler praised Superintendent Robert M. Tomback for engaging the community in the selection process, which involved input from government, business, faith-based, PTA and other community representatives, as well as several students. Dr. Wheeler, who was also a member of the selection panel said, “I was quite impressed with the seriousness that the superintendent has taken to this task; his commitment to engage the community in a way that it has not been engaged before.”
Retiring from Harford County Public Schools this fall is Chief Financial Officer John M. Markowski. The CFO position has been re-titled as “assistant superintendent for business services” and is currently being advertised at a salary of $131,595.
Also leaving HCPS is Jonathan D. O’Neal, currently the assistant superintendent of human resources. O’Neal is leaving Harford County for what spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld described as a “promotional opportunity” with Carroll County Public Schools. The HCPS position vacated by O’Neal is being advertised at a salary of $131,595, with applications being accepted until the job is filled, up to a September 30 deadline.
Director of Purchasing John R. Miller is retiring in the fall, leaving another opening to be filled, and a newly created, assistant supervisor position in facilities management is also being advertised.
Overall, the reorganization of management under the direction of Superintendent Tomback includes the elimination of ten senior staff positions and the addition of eight positions, which HCPS officials say will result in a net annual savings of $185,259.
All three of the new positions on the instructional side of HCPS have now been filled. In addition to Dr. Brown, William A. Lawrence of Baltimore County Public Schools was recently hired to become Harford’s new associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction & assessment, at an annual salary with benefits of $175,834. Barbara Canavan, former principal of Southampton Middle School was hired as the new executive director of middle school performance at $151,757 in salary with benefits.
Below is a summary of the position changes which were part of the management regorganization effective July 1, 2010.
1. Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction
2. Manager of Recruitment and Staffing
3. Assistant Supervisor, Research & Evaluation
4. Coordinator, Equity & Cultural Diversity
5. Director of Planning and Construction
6. Director of Facilities Management
7. Asst. Supervisor, Planning & Construction
8. Asst. Supervisor, Planning & Construction
9. Asst. Supervisor, Facilities Management
10. Asst. Supervisor, Facilities Management
1. Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
2. Executive Director, Community Engagement
3. Executive Director of Middle School Performance
4. Executive Director – Facilities Management
5. Supervisor, Facilities Management
6. Asst. Supervisor Engineering
7. Asst. Supervisor Mechanical Services
8. Asst. Supervisor Mechanical Services