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School superintendent search to take one year

May 17, 2001

School superintendent search to take one year



By TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Education will spend a year searching for a new superintendent, according to a written statement from the board.

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An interim superintendent is expected to be named by mid-June and would be appointed for a year.

The School Board will interview candidates for the interim superintendent position this month and work with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to develop a list of qualified candidates, according to the statement.

Carol Mowen, the board's public information officer, said the board plans to gather feedback from the public and recommendations from MABE in the search for a permanent superintendent.

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"The board is still considering varying options of ways to do that, but nothing has been finalized at this time," Mowen said. "I imagine the board will be updating the community on their plans as the plans become finalized."

She said she did not know how much the School Board plans to spend on the search or on salaries for the interim superintendent or the new superintendent.

School Board member Paul Bailey said the board is planning a national search for qualified candidates.

A superintendent for a public school system in Maryland is required to be certified in early childhood, elementary or secondary education; have a master's degree from an accredited institution; have three years of successful teaching experience and two years administrative or supervisory experience; and have completed a two-year program with graduate courses in administration and supervision in an institution approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the State Superintendent of Schools, according to the Maryland code.

Bailey said he thinks a year-long search is necessary to research the backgrounds of candidates, make sure they have the proper qualifications and interview them.

"We're going to be spending a lot of midnight oil working on this," Bailey said. "We're a very cohesive board right now, and we'll take the time to do what's right."

The board has not decided whether it will hire a consultant to help in the search, he said.

Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett resigned on April 19. His last day is June 30.

He and the School Board mutually agreed on his resignation, they said.

Bartlett said he believed the future of the school system would be better served under another's leadership.

Neither the School Board nor Bartlett would elaborate on what led to the mutual agreement. The board said Bartlett will receive a $35,000 buyout for next year, which would have been the final year of his four-year contract.

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