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Barkdoll to assist superintendent

January 13, 1998

Barkdoll to assist superintendent

By DAVE MCMILLION

Staff Writer

Andrew McMahon, assistant to the Washington County schools superintendent, will leave his job in two weeks to work for a Rockville, Md., firm.

McMahon has accepted a job with Aspen Systems, which provides warehousing space and high-tech assistance to companies.

McMahon came to the school system in December 1996 to oversee the transportation, food service, finance and facility maintenance departments.

There were conflicting accounts among Washington County Board of Education members Monday as to what McMahon's job duties were.

Former interim schools superintendent Linda Barkdoll has been named to take over McMahon's duties, according to school officials.

Barkdoll will make $69,579 in her new job, said John Hull, acting director of human resources.

Barkdoll headed the local school system for five months while the school board searched for a new superintendent.

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After Herman G. Bartlett Jr. was named superintendent, Barkdoll worked with Bartlett to help him make the transition, officials said.

Barkdoll will oversee the noninstructional operations in the central office, and assistant superintendent for instruction Theresa Flak will manage instructional areas, said schools spokeswoman Donna Messina.

In a related matter, the school board is looking for an outside firm to review the school system's organizational structure. School officials said the study would identify the most effective and efficient administrative structure for educating children.

Bartlett has been busy addressing needs of a curriculum audit of the schools and needs an outside firm to help him with organization, said board member Edwin Hayes.

"There's only so much time. That's what it boils down to," Hayes said.

Board members said they did not know how much the study might cost.

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