There is a new principal at Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Board of Education Chair Joanna Tobin said the district is “thrilled and thrilled” to have Mark Bedell in the position. From a unanimous vote by the board of education to the signing of his contract, there was an enthusiastic reception for Bedell. Bedell succeeds George Arlotto, who announced in December that he would be leaving the district when his contract expired at the end of June after the Board of Education informed him that it would not be offering him a third contract. Arlotto has served as superintendent since his appointment in 2014. Bedell has served as superintendent of Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools since 2016 and has served as the district’s longest-serving superintendent for more than 50 years. Bedell said he was a mentor in Kansas City and wanted to help kids through life’s challenges. “I’ve been through all the trauma and neglect one can go through,” Bedell said. “The thing that I often try to share with all of our students is simple: education is the path to economic prosperity. If we do education well, it doesn’t matter how you present yourself or where you come from. You can defeat.” Bedell will begin his four-year term on July 1. An acting superintendent will be assigned to serve from July 1 through August 8 during Bedell’s transition and move to Anne Arundel County. Under the terms of a contract approved Friday by Education’s board of directors, Bedell will earn $305,000 a year. Prior to Kansas City, Bedell served as a school improvement officer for the Houston Independent School District and vice principal of secondary schools for Baltimore County Public Schools. He is also a former resident of Anne Arundel County. Bedell has a bachelor’s degree in history from Fisk University, a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. In accepting the position, Bedell described growing up in Rochester, New York, as the eldest of eight children. United States.

There is a new principal at Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Board of Education Chair Joanna Tobin said the district is “thrilled and thrilled” to have Mark Bedell in the position.

From the unanimous vote of the Board of Education to the signing of his contract, there has been an enthusiastic reception for Bedell.

Bedell succeeds George Arlotto, who announced in December that he would be leaving the district when his contract expired at the end of June after the Board of Education informed him that it would not be offering him a third contract. Arlotto has served as superintendent since his appointment in 2014.

Bedell has served as Superintendent of Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools since 2016 and has been the district’s longest-serving superintendent for more than 50 years. Bedell said he was a mentor in Kansas City and wanted to help kids through life’s challenges.

“I’ve been through all the trauma and neglect one can go through,” Bedell said. “The thing that I often try to share with all of our students is simple: education is the path to economic prosperity. If we do education well, it doesn’t matter how you present yourself or where you come from. You can overcome.”

Bedell will begin his four-year term on July 1. An acting superintendent will be assigned to serve from July 1 through August 8 during Bedell’s transition and move to Anne Arundel County.

Under a contract approved Friday by the Board of Education, Bedell will earn $305,000 a year.

Prior to Kansas City, Bedell served as a school improvement officer for the Houston Independent School District and vice principal of secondary schools for Baltimore County Public Schools. He is also a former resident of Anne Arundel County.

Bedell holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Fisk University, a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Tennessee State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Upon accepting the position, Bedell described growing up in Rochester, New York, as the eldest of eight children.

With an enrollment of more than 83,000 students in 2021-22, Anne Arundel County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in Maryland and among the 40 largest in the United States.