11 have applied to be next WCPS superintendent

Consultant says only 8 meet state and local requirements

March 02, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |

So far, 11 people have applied to be the next superintendent of Washington County Public Schools, although only eight of those applicants appear to meet state and local requirements, the lead search consultant said Wednesday.

Consultant William Middleton also said that two more people have said they were going to apply, and he had spoken to another three people about the job, but they had not submitted applications.

The job is open until the school board finds someone they want to hire, but the earlier the applications get in the better, Middleton said. An advertisement for the job said that applications would start being reviewed on Feb. 28.

Elizabeth Morgan's last day as superintendent was Monday. She retired from the school system to become executive director of the national nonprofit Promise Alliance's dropout prevention initiative.

The next superintendent would make at least $180,000 a year, according to a brochure for job applicants.

Considering how many applicants other counties and school systems in other states are getting for school superintendents, Middleton said Washington County's number wasn't that small.

The number of superintendent applicants nationwide has dropped significantly, he said.

Eight of the candidates so far meet state certification requirements as well as requirements of the local school board, he said.

Middleton said there are good candidates among the applicants.

The consultants will update the school board on Tuesday, giving board members a summary of the information the applicants sent in as well as copies of their applications. The consultants will make recommendations and talk to board members about who they want to interview in person.

After the first round of interviews, typically the candidate list is narrowed down for a second round of interviews, Middleton said. Then the candidate list is narrowed down again, with the finalists touring the county.

The school board wants to find the next superintendent before July. It has retained the Maryland Association of Boards of Education to conduct the search.

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