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Howard County Board of Education Announces Superintendent Retirement

November 17th, 2023

The Howard County Board of Education announces the retirement of Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of Howard County Public School System, effective January 10, 2024.

Dr. Michael J. Martirano has served the Howard County Public School System with unwavering dedication and commitment for seven years. He inherited a system in chaos and led it to a place of stability and prominence. He provided critical courage, stability, and adaptability in leading HCPSS throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under Dr. Martirano’s leadership, HCPSS has achieved numerous milestones, including eliminating its nearly 50-million-dollar health fund deficit and increasing the graduation rate of every student group since taking the helm. During his tenure, he has played a pivotal role in advancing the district’s mission of providing quality education and fostering an environment conducive to the growth, development, and care of students.

The Howard County Board of Education (Board) expresses its deepest gratitude for Dr. Martirano’s outstanding service and leadership. His impact on the district will be remembered for years to come, and he leaves behind a legacy of excellence that will continue to inspire educators and students alike.

In the upcoming month, the Board will deliberate and select an Interim Superintendent to serve for the duration of the 2023-2024 school year. The Board will commence a nationwide search for a permanent Superintendent immediately, working diligently to ensure a smooth transition and a bright future. Additional details regarding the search process and timeline will be communicated in the coming weeks.

A farewell event in honor of Dr. Martirano will be organized in the near term, providing an opportunity for the community, staff, and stakeholders to express their appreciation and best wishes.

Howard County Board of Education Chair, Antonia Watts stated “Dr. Martirano has been an exceptional leader, and we are profoundly grateful for his endless energy and tireless dedication to the students, staff, and community of HCPSS. His impact on education in our district is immeasurable, and he will be sincerely missed. We wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

The Howard County Board of Education extends its best wishes to Dr. Martirano in his future endeavors and expresses confidence in the continued success and growth of the district.