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Flak applies for Baltimore County Schools post

February 24, 2000|By BRUCE HAMILTON

Washington County Schools Deputy Superintendent Theresa Flak said Thursday she has applied for a job as superintendent of Baltimore County Schools.

Flak is the local school system's second in command. Hired as assistant superintendent for instruction July 1, 1997, she oversees curriculum for all schools and assists Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr.

The Washington County Board of Education in September gave Flak a promotion that changed her job description, salary and title. The contract made clear that she serves as chief administrative officer in Bartlett's absence.

Before coming to Washington County, Flak was principal of Cromwell Valley Elementary School in Baltimore County during a $1.8 million renovation.

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She opened a magnet school for technology there and was principal of Edgemere Elementary School. She also was a supervisor in the office of elementary education in Baltimore County.

She is certified to be a superintendent in Maryland. In a 1998 interview, she said that heading a school system was ultimately her goal.

Last August, Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione announced his intention to retire. The county's 12-member school board began a search to replace him and hired Glenview, Ill., consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates Ltd. to help.

Don Arnold, president of the Baltimore County School Board, said 33 people applied. Of those, four withdrew their names. The board narrowed the remaining names to a pool of seven candidates.

Flak said she does not know if she made the final cut. Arnold declined to comment on whether she is being considered for the job.

"There's a lot of anticipation," he said. The board will make a final recommendation and vote on it before the end of March, Arnold said.

"This is something they wanted to keep fairly confidential," said spokesman Charles Herndon.

The Baltimore County school system has 161 schools with 107,000 students enrolled, according to Herndon. Its operating budget is approximately $750 million, he said.

Washington County has 46 schools with about 19,422 students and a $113 million operating budget.

Bartlett said he didn't know anything about Flak's job search, but he endorsed her as a candidate. "Certainly Theresa is an outstanding educator. I think we're lucky to have her," he said.

"I think she's a quality person. She'd be my choice."

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