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The St. Mary’s County Board of Education unanimously voted Wednesday morning to appoint veteran administrator Scott Smith as the interim superintendent of schools effective Sept. 22.

Michael Martirano announced in June his resignation as St. Mary’s superintendent to lead West Virginia’s public schools. He is expected to leave his current position in mid-September.

School board member Mary Washington said Smith will serve as interim superintendent through June 30, 2015.

Smith now serves as St. Mary’s assistant superintendent of instruction. He has been with the school system 23 years. In that time he has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, executive director and assistant superintendent.

In an email statement Wednesday morning, Smith said, “I owe St. Mary’s County Public Schools and St. Mary’s County a great deal, both professionally and personally — as both have been home for my wife and our three boys. There is no better place to live and raise children — and this is because of our school system and our dedicated employees. I look forward to working hard on behalf of our students and all the adults who make learning happen every day.”

gphillips@somdnews.com