State Superintendent’s Contract Extended for a Year

    Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon, with Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) behind her. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines

    The Maryland State Board of Education announced Tuesday night that it would extend the contract for Superintendent Karen B. Salmon for a year, as state schools respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The board met in a closed session teleconference on Tuesday afternoon. A week earlier, the board voted to keep Salmon in the post indefinitely as she led the public school systems’ response to the novel coronavirus.

    Salmon had been set to retire June 30.

    The board is also ending a national search for a new superintendent, citing “unprecedented business conditions nationwide.”

    The board did not set a date to resume the search, according to an announcement from the Department of Education.

    Maryland’s public school systems remain closed through at least April 24 in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.