Superintendent Announces Retirement from GCPS

Superintendent Barbara Baker has announced her retirement from Garrett County Public Schools, effective July 1, 2023. With the exception of one year teaching English to high school students in Vienna, Austria, Ms. Baker has spent her thirty-four-year career in GCPS. She began her tenure as a German instructor at Southern Middle School in 1990. Shortly thereafter, she moved to the elementary level, having taught both second and fourth grades at Loch Lynn Elementary and Yough Glades Elementary when it opened in 1998. She served in a variety of administrative positions, including principal, director, and assistant superintendent, before becoming Superintendent in 2016. Ms. Baker stated, “Serving as the Superintendent of Schools has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I have truly enjoyed working with the wonderful people who contribute to making Garrett County Schools the great school system that it is. Most of all, my best days were spent working with our terrific students!”

The Board of Education will discuss its next steps at its regular monthly meeting on March 14. There are several options the Board may consider with regard to hiring a replacement for Ms. Baker. Superintendent Baker added, “I want to thank the current and former Board members for giving me this opportunity seven years ago. It has been an honor working with you.”