BALTIMORE, Md. (WDRB) -- Former JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens has been appointed as the superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

This is according to a news release issued Monday by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Archdiocese says Hargens began her new position on Monday.

Hargens stepped down as superintendent of JCPS last year, after leading the district for six years.

While working as JCPS' superintendent, Hargens earned $276,000 annually. When she resigned, she walked away with about $200,000 in deferred annuity, sick and vacation days and health care benefits.

Hargens began working for JCPS in 2011, after coming from the Wake County, N.C., school district, where she had been chief academic officer and served as interim superintendent.

Under Hargens’ leadership, JCPS had a curriculum management audit and an unflattering examination of central office bureaucracy by former State Auditor Adam Edelen. In addition, test scores showed that more than half of the district’s students were not performing on grade level in reading and math. JCPS’ four-year graduation rate did increase from 79 percent to 80.1 percent, breaking the 80 percent mark for the first time.


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