North to retire as North Baltimore superintendent PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 23:06
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Marlene North
NORTH BALTIMORE — Marlene North has announced her plans to step down as the school district’s superintendent.
The board of education approved her retirement request at its meeting Tuesday.
Her last day will be June 30, 2014.
North will be finishing with 31 years in education, nine as a special needs teacher in three other districts, and 22 in North Baltimore. She served 18 years as the Powell Elementary principal and since 2010 as superintendent after first serving as interim superintendent. 
"As I move into retirement, I look forward to spending time with my family, taking care of my parents, becoming more involved in my church, getting my hands dirty again in my garden, and spending countless hours reading just for fun," she said at the meeting.
She explained that one of her deciding factors to retire now is a change in the state education retirement system.
If she doesn’t retire this year she will have to put in 35 years before leaving.
And with other challenges out there, “right now feels like a good time to transition.”
She’d like to see someone with a strong background in curriculum and data take her place.
She said what she’ll miss most is the contact with students and staff. What she won’t miss is checking the roads during bad weather.
North has a daughter in sixth grade in North Baltimore and her husband also works for the district, so she will remain in the village and already is contemplating volunteering in the schools.
Russell Bretz, school board president, said the board has been expecting North to make a decision.
With changes in the retirement plan and with a young family, “I applaud that.”
He commended her for her hard work in getting the new middle/high school built. “She was our lead representative.”
“She’s done a great job,” he added.
" She was always accessible for community members to discuss problems or concerns and she has forged an important working relationship with business and industry leaders in the area," Bretz wrote in a press release.
Finding a replacement will be difficult, he said, especially someone who fits well into the small village.
“The school is pretty much the center of what goes on around here,” Bretz stated.
The board also accepted the retirement request from Ann Glamm, payroll coordinator, effective Dec. 1. She's been with the district at least 23 years.
"She has just been a God-send to us," said district Treasurer Eve Baldwin.
The board approved a contract with Tri-Com Services for payroll coordination, effectively doing Glamm's duties. The contract is for $400 per pay period beginning Dec. 1.
That amount is under what Glamm was earning, said Baldwin.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:40
 

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