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Deputy schools superintendent to leave position

January 10, 2001

Deputy schools superintendent to leave position



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


Theresa Flak, the Washington County Board of Education's deputy superintendent, has been hired as a community superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools, a spokeswoman said.

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Flak will be one of six community superintendents for the 135,000-student school system, Montgomery County spokeswoman Kate Harrison said.

Flak will begin her new job on Jan. 29. There is no word on when her last day in Washington County will be. Neither Flak, nor several Washington County School Board administrators could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted to hire Flak at its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Harrison said Flak will work as a main link between the central office and a cluster of Montgomery County's 189 schools. Her salary will be about $120,000.

Some of Flak's new duties will deal with instructional, school accountability and administration issues. The school system is also looking to improve its reading instruction in the early grades and revise its curriculum, Harrison said.

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Flak began working for Washington County's School Board on July 1, 1997, as an assistant superintendent. She was promoted to deputy superintendent in September 1999. Her salary was about $104,000 and she was second in command to Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr.

Some of her responsibilities included supervising instruction, assisting Bartlett, developing programs for instructional improvement, evaluating instructional material and recommending teachers for tenure.

Flak was born in Erie, Pa., and attended public schools there. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Mercyhurst College in Erie. She holds degrees in administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Before coming to Washington County, she was principal for Cromwell Valley Elementary School in Baltimore County, Md. She was also principal of Edgemere Elementary School in Baltimore County and supervisor of elementary education there.

Former School Board member B. Marie Byers called Flak a leader in Washington County public schools and credited her with being the force behind many improvements to the school system's curriculum.

"She is an outstanding leader and has been the focal leader of improvements in Washington County," Byers said. "She has been really outstanding and has been the nucleus of our strategic plan."

Byers praised Flak's work to improve the school system's reading program.

"She really has been very, very effective in Washington County," she said.

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