Board of Education Names Finalists for Superintendency

Board of Education Names Finalists for Next Superintendent
Posted on 09/22/2016

The Worcester County Board of Education has announced the names of the two finalists for the next Worcester County Superintendent of Schools. Each finalist will participate in a “Day in the District” experience next week. Members of focus groups that will participate in interviewing the finalists learned the names of the finalists after an orientation and preparation meeting on Wednesday, September 21.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D., West Virginia’s State Superintendent of Schools. Martirano has been an educator for more than 30 years with a wide range of educational and administrative experience through his work as a science teacher, principal and visiting professor at John Hopkins University. Prior to being named state superintendent in West Virigina, Martirano served as superintendent of St. Mary's County Public Schools in Leonardtown, MD, for nine years, where he was named the 2009 Superintendent of the Year by the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM).  Click here for the full biography

  • Louis H. Taylor, Chief Operating Officer for Worcester County Public Schools. A graduate of Worcester County Public Schools, Taylor has been an educator in Worcester for 33 years. Advancing from teaching into administration as an assistant principal and principal, Taylor helmed the county’s largest high school – Stephen Decatur HS – for 17 years before being named Chief Operating Officer for the school system. An active member of the community, Taylor serves on a number of local boards and was most recently named the 2016 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.  Click here for the full biography

Each of the finalists’ “Day in the District” will include: time to meet with local officials; interviews with panels of Central Office administrators, principals, support staff and retirees, business leaders, teachers, parents and community leaders; lunch with students; time to meet with members of the media; and dinner and discussion with the Board of Education.

“The search process for finding a new educational leader in Worcester County has been a matter of great importance for the Board. We are pleased with our progress in the search so far, and we are excited to announce our two highly qualified finalists,” Board of Education President Jonathan Cook said. “We greatly appreciate the investment our community is making by participating in the upcoming focus groups and providing input to the Board. We look forward to making a final decision soon and helping our new Superintendent create a vision and plan for transitioning into this leadership role.”

The Board’s goal is to choose the top candidate for superintendent in October, and vote to appoint the chosen candidate. The new superintendent would begin no later than July 1, 2017.

In February, Superintendent Dr. Jerry Wilson announced he would not seek another reappointment to another four-year term as superintendent, but agreed to remain in the position as an interim while the search was being conducted. Following Wilson’s announcement, the Board of Education contracted with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to conduct the search process. MABE held three public input sessions across the county earlier this summer to gather input to inform the search process for a new superintendent. Participants were asked to describe the characteristics they sought in a new Superintendent.  The Superintendent profile was used when reviewing candidate qualifications.

In July, the superintendent opening was posted widely so that qualified local, state and national candidates could apply, with the first consideration of applications by MABE on August 15. The Board conducted two rounds of interviews to select the two finalists for extensive interviews September 26-27 with various stakeholder groups. These groups will provide input to the Board as it prepares to choose a new superintendent.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Carrie N. Sterrs at 410.632.5092 or email at cnsterrs@mail.worcester.k12.md.us.