Martirano becomes acting superintendent of Maryland school district

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Martirano becomes acting superintendent of Maryland school district
By WV MetroNews Staff

COLUMBIA, Md. — Former West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano started Wednesday as the acting superintendent of the Howard County Public School System in Maryland.

Howard County is located southwest of Baltimore.

Martirano served as statewide superintendent from September 2014 to March 2017, when he was replaced by former state superintendent Steve Paine.

Martirano announced in September 2016 plans to step down and return to Maryland in order to be closer to his three adult children. Martirano told The Baltimore Sun his wife, Silvana, suffered from depression and took her life in May 2016.

“My thoughts would be that I would be able to handle the distance, but quite frankly, there’s a great emotional need for us to be closer together,” Maritrano wrote in his original resignation letter.

Martirano previously served as supervisor of elementary schools in Howard County becoming superintendent in St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

Martirano replaced Reene Foose, who retired Tuesday. He is only guaranteed the job through June, but he told The Baltimore Sun he would like a permanent contract to stay on for eight years.