The Caroline County Board of Education appointed Mr. John D. Ewald as the next superintendent of schools during the June 2 Board of Education meeting. The board voted to give Mr. Ewald a four-year contract beginning on July 1, 2015.
In opening remarks, Board President C. Tolbert Rowe thanked, on behalf of his fellow board members, everyone who was a part of the process of finding a new superintendent.
"We, your Board of Education have stressed the need and the importance of stakeholder input in this exercise and I assure each of those involved that your input did matter," said Rowe. "We had a lot of very good candidates and having others involved in a measured and open way helped guide us in the decision we had to make."
Mr. Rowe also thanked Interim Superintendent Milton Nagel and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Patricia Saelens for everything they accomplished this past year. "Our system has not missed a beat and with the leadership of the two of you we have been able to implement some changes and enhancements that have, and will serve our school system well not only now, but in the future," said Rowe.
Mr. Rowe said Milton agreed to step, "or should I say leap... into an area of education that he has been serving for 25 plus years that had the critical job of supporting the most important facet of what we do... educating children. Not only did he do it with conviction he did it with thought and belief that a first rate education is the greatest legacy we can provide our fellow citizens and their children. Thank you Milton, for being there for us."
Mr. Rowe said Milton would not have been successful in the job without the depth of knowledge in curriculum and instruction that Dr. Patti Saelens provided. "Selected by a panel of her peers to help guide and lead the instructional component as Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Saelens stepped up to the plate and has demonstrated her ability and willingness to take on some tough assignments as we spent the last 12 months adjusting to a mountain of changes in testing and expectations for our children."