Superintendent named for Archdiocese of Baltimore schools

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Kentucky schools superintendent has been appointed as the head of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic schools.

News outlets report 61-year-old Donna Hargens began her new role Monday. She replaces Barbara McGraw Edmondson, who resigned in July 2017. The Baltimore Sun reports Hargens will preside over around 17,000 students at 38 elementary schools and six high schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore's nine jurisdictions.

Hargens previously served as the superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. The Sun cites a report by The Courier Journal that says Hargens stepped down after calls for her resignation and protests over possible salary freezes. She also served in several roles including chief academic officer for a public school system in North Carolina. The Sun says Hargens was unavailable for comment.

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