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Howard County, Martirano ink interim deal

Michael J. Martirano (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Michael J. Martirano (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

The Howard County School Board has reached a deal with its new acting superintendent Michael J. Martirano just days after announcing he would replace Renee Foose.

Martirano’s contracted salary is the equivalent of $270,000 a year, but prorated for his initial term — roughly 58 days — that will end June 30.

The agreement, obtained by The Daily Record under the Maryland Public Information Act, contains provisions for a car and temporary housing allowance as well as a cell phone, computer and other “communications devices.”

As part of the deal, the system will provide $800 a month as a car allowance, and $120 per day for a temporary housing allowance — roughly $7,000 for 58 days . There is no provision in the agreement regarding retirement benefits for Martirano, who is leaving his position as the state schools superintendent in West Virginia.

Martirano was named the acting superintendent Tuesday after the board of education in Howard County reached a $1.65 million agreement with Renee Foose that ended her five-year tenure at the 55,000-student school system.

The agreement with Martirano is on par with Foose’s compensation; she was being paid roughly $273,000 a year, in addition to monthly allowances for car and cell phone and communications devices.

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