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House Bill 1107 makes the following changes to the school system structure:

Adds four appointed members to the board of nine elected and one student member.

-One appointed by the county executive with education experience;

-One appointed by the county executive with business or higher education experience;

-One appointed by the county executive with management experience;

-One appointed by the County Council who is a parent with a child currently in the school system.

Gives the county executive the power to appoint the board chair and vice chair, with two-year terms.

-Vice chair must be an elected board member.

All appointments must be completed on or before June 1.

Authorizes the county executive to appoint replacements to any vacant board positions.

Creates a superintendent search committee composed of three individuals:

-One member of the State Board of Education, appointed by the State Superintendent;

-Two county residents, appointed by the governor.

Requires this committee to reopen the superintendent search and present a list of three candidates to the county executive.

The county executive selects the superintendent, who is then appointed by the school board following contract negotiations with the chair. (Search may extend into the next fiscal year this time only)

Defines the superintendent’s role as manager of day-to-day operations of school system and budget, hiring and setting salaries for executive staff.

Under most circumstances, requires a two-thirds’ vote of the board to reverse decisions by the superintendent.

Leaves oversight of the budget in the hands of the school board.

Defines the board’s primary responsibilities as improving student achievement and increasing parental engagement.

Directs the superintendent to enter into agreements with the University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland University College, Bowie State University, Prince George’s Community College and any other higher education institutions he/she chooses for purpose of providing policy advice and analysis to school board and superintendent.

Comes up for review before the General Assembly in the 2018 legislative session.