Superintendent Kimberly Hill announced three administrative changes this week, including the retirement of Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services Keith Hettel, the resignation of Assistant Superintendent of School Administration Sylvia Lawson and the promotion of Principal Kristin Shields.
Hettel told the Board of Education on April 19 that he plans to retire June 30 from his 41-year career with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). A former principal of the year, Hettel previously served as assistant superintendent of human resources, director of educational options, principal at Gale-Bailey and William B. Wade elementary schools and as an elementary school teacher. As assistant superintendent of supporting services, Hettel manages the maintenance and operations of all school system facilities as well as construction of new schools and renovations.
In announcing his retirement, Hettel said, “I have enjoyed every day in all the positions I have held. The people I have met and worked with are the best you can ever call friends and colleagues.”
Lawson also stated on Tuesday her plan to resign from CCPS effective June 30 to pursue other career options. Lawson, who was Hill’s first administrative appointment in 2013, previously served as principal of Northern High School in Calvert County and as a principal, vice principal and teacher in CCPS. As assistant superintendent of school administration, Lawson’s responsibilities include working with principals and vice principals, handling parent complaints and oversight of student services.
The Board of Education on Tuesday approved the appointment of Shields as Director of Title I. Shields, who was recently named as a National Distinguished Principal for Maryland, has served the past five years as principal of Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, a Title I school. Shields starts her new position on July 1.
Earlier this month, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business Paul Balides retired after more than 20 years of service to CCPS. Hill appointed Randy Sotomayor as executive director of finance and business effective April 1.
Each school year, the Superintendent provides the Board with recommendations for administrative appointments, including principal and vice principal changes. Additional appointments and transfers will be announced in June and July.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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