Boswell-McComas is board’s choice to head Kent County Public Schools

ROCK HALL — The Kent County Board of Education on Monday night ratified a four-year contract for its next superintendent, Mary Boswell-McComas.

McComas succeeds Karen Couch, who is retiring at the end of June.

Couch has been Kent County’s schools chief since 2013; her retirement comes one year shy of a third contracted full term.

McComas’ first day here is July 1.

In a written statement, she said: “I am humbled and honored to be selected to serve our children and young adults in Kent County. I am excited and look forward to the collaborative partnership with the Board of Education and the entire community of Kent County. Together we will discover and generate new opportunities for the next generation of Kent County leaders, inventors, creators and artists. I believe in us!”

School board President Joe Goetz said the board had a great slate of candidates.

“But there was one candidate, Dr. McComas, you stood higher, you were bolder,” Goetz said Monday night after the contract was approved.

McComas also received warm and welcoming comments from other members of the board, Kent County Public Schools staff and community members who attended the June 10 meeting.

McComas has a doctoral degree in education from Wilmington University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in history from Loyola University, according to the Baltimore County Public Schools website.

She is currently the principal of Sparrows Point Middle School in Baltimore County.

She has nearly three decades of experience in public education, having started as a social studies teacher with Harford County Public Schools.

She rose through the administrative ranks in school-level and systemwide leadership roles, including serving as the chief academic officer for Baltimore County Public Schools.

McComas also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, attaining the rank of company commander, captain.

“Whether in the classroom as a teacher, chief academic officer or principal, I always keep sight of the bottom line — the children,” McComas wrote in her biography.

The search for a new superintendent for Kent County Public Schools began in January when Couch announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year.

The Kent County Board of Education contracted with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education to conduct the search.

Applications were due in early April and three finalists were announced May 13 following two rounds of interviews.

The finalists individually toured each of the county’s five schools later in May, meeting students, teachers, staff and administrators. They interviewed with community stakeholders, the executive leadership team for the school system and again with the board.

McComas made her rounds at the schools and the central office on May 23.

To ensure transparency, the public was kept informed of the hiring process through a special section added to the Kent County Public Schools website, www.kent.k12.md.us/SuperintendentSearch.aspx.

“I want to thank all of the stakeholders that participated in the superintendent search process,” Goetz said. “The students, the staff, the teachers, the folks in the public, they were with us every step of the way.”

Trish McGee, owner and publisher of The Evening Enterprise, is an elected member of the Kent County Board of Education. She is not the author this news release.

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