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Board of Education hires deputy superintendent

May 08, 2002|BY TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday hired an educator from Baltimore City Public Schools as deputy superintendent for instruction, a post that will pay $99,160 a year.

Patricia E. Abernethy of Bel Air, Md., who worked under Interim Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan in Baltimore City, will begin her new job on July 1.

Abernethy is currently the curriculum and instruction officer for Baltimore City Public Schools, a system with about 98,000 students.

Washington County's enrollment is nearly 20,000 students.

"I just feel flattered that she would want to come here and work for me in an entirely different setting," Morgan said after Tuesday's School Board meeting.

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Abernethy fills the vacancy that had been open for more than a year. Former Deputy Superintendent Theresa Flak left Washington County Public Schools in January 2001 for a position in Montgomery County Public Schools.

Flak was earning an annual salary of $104,187 when she left.

Morgan said a seven-member selection committee narrowed its pool of applicants to eight, then interviewed the top three.

The selection committee consisted of Morgan, the board's director of human resources, a curriculum supervisor, an educator from another school system, a community member, an elementary school principal and a secondary school principal.

"She was the unanimous choice of the committee," Morgan said.

Morgan was hired by the School Board last year after serving as Baltimore City's chief academic officer.

"She's an excellent person," Morgan said. "I think she will be an excellent addition to the school system. I have a lot of confidence in her."

Abernethy received a Ph.D. in educational psychology and research in 1989 from Fordham University in New York. She is certified as a superintendent in New Jersey and her superintendent certification is pending in Maryland.

She is a past board member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and former president of the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Morgan said Abernethy plans to sell her home in Harford County, Md., and move to Washington County.

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