WASHINGTON — The Montgomery County Board of Education has proposed that Larry Bowers stay on as interim superintendent for the 2015-2016 school year.

Bowers, 66, has been in the interim position for the county’s public school system since February.

Montgomery County Public Schools says he is a 37-year veteran.

“Larry Bowers has done an outstanding job as interim superintendent since he stepped into the role in February and we are pleased that he will serve our students and staff for another year,” said Patricia B. O’Neill, president of the Board. “He is the right person to provide the stability and leadership we need at this time in the history of MCPS, especially as we face significant budgetary challenges in the coming months.”

His appointment is pending approval by the Maryland state superintendent of schools.

Bowers planned to retire at the end of this school year but, agreed to put it off for one more year, MCPS says.

“MCPS is an outstanding district, with strong community support and an excellent staff that is committed to meeting the needs of our students,” Bowers said. “I am honored to continue leading this district for another year and thank the Board of Education members for their confidence in the work we are doing.”

The board hoped to have a permanent superintendent in place, but is still looking for someone to fill the position.

The school budget has been the main focus for Bowers, and MCPS says he has done well managing an expected shortfall due to a lack in local revenue and state funding cuts.

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