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William J. Barnes

HCPSS Acting Superintendent

Barnes Named New HCPSS Superintendent

The Howard County Board of Education at its public meeting on May 23 announced that current Acting Superintendent for the Howard County Public School System, William J. Barnes, will become the permanent Superintendent, effective July 1. Barnes has served in the acting role since Jan. 10, following the retirement of Dr. Michael Martirano.


William J. Barnes.

The Howard County Board of Education named Howard County Public School System Chief Academic Officer William J. Barnes as HCPSS Acting Superintendent at its public meeting on Dec. 14, 2023. Barnes began his service as Acting Superintendent on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024.

As the HCPSS Chief Academic Officer since 2017, Barnes oversees the departments of Special Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and Program Innovation and Student Well-Being. He has prioritized recruiting, developing and retaining leaders throughout those departments. He began his career with HCPSS in 2008, serving as the Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics and Director of Secondary and PreK-12 Curricular Programs. Prior to that, he served as a high school math teacher. Throughout his extensive career in education, he has held multiple leadership roles on state and national committees, panels, and groups; primarily focused on mathematics education. He has committed his entire career to enhancing educational outcomes for all students.

As a teacher, Barnes received National Board Certification and was awarded Maryland’s prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2003, the highest award bestowed upon a mathematics teacher in Maryland.