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$250,000 Contract Approved for New Howard County Schools Superintendent

The four-year, $250,000 annual contract for Howard County's new superintendent Renee Foose was unanimously approved Thursday.


The Howard County Board of Education formally approved superintendent Renee Foose’s contract at a reception on Thursday in Ellicott City.

Foose was on March 27. On Thursday, she signed a four-year contract that will pay her $250,000 annually, according to the Howard County Times. In addition, Foose will receive a $700 monthly vehicle allowance and $25,000 for relocation costs, according to the article. (Foose must live in Howard County as part of the deal)

Tell us in comments: How would you like to see Foose improve Howard County schools?

Foose, 45, previously served a year as the deputy superintendent for Baltimore County schools. Foose was paid $214,000 in her old job.

Before Baltimore, Foose served as the associate superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools for five years. Foose will replace outgoing superintendent Sydney Cousin, who served 8 years at the helm of Howard County Schools.

“I know I have very big shoes to fill, coming behind Dr. Cousin,” said Foose at the reception, according to the Howard County Times. “I couldn’t be more honored. Thank you to the teachers, the administrators, the entire Howard County school system for selecting me, and thank you to the parents for trusting me to lead your children’s education into the future.”

Mark August 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The salary is correct, but the moving expense is UP TO $25,000 to move from Frederick to Howard County. Its not only for a moving truck, but there are expenses involved with selling and buying homes. I do think $250k is too much. But we have former principals at the board on "special assignment" making $140k and up. These are the principals that screwed up in a school!
Mark August 07, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Hey, we could have gotten the 30 year old "kid" from Texas with no experience!
Mark August 07, 2012 at 10:17 PM
It was unanimous.
Mark August 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Mamie Perkins was interim superintendent. Jack, you need to go back and bug the people on the yahoo group again. You are so far out in left field. I wonder if your kids you are this big of a trouble maker? Hmmm
Mark August 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM
The retirements are not a surprise. When a new sheriff comes to town, it happens. HCPSS was full of cronyism and hopefully Foose will get rid of it. Her job is the problem. Its all the assistant supers, etc getting high salaries for doing not much of anything. The system is way too top heavy.

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