Lillian Gonzalez, the District of Columbia assistant superintendent who became a finalist in the job for Baltimore schools superintendent last month, said yesterday that she has accepted the position of deputy superintendent.
Dr. Gonzalez's acceptance was the missing piece in the three-member management team put together by the city school board last month. She made the decision this week after meeting with Walter G. Amprey, who takes over Aug. 1 as superintendent of schools.
The meeting went "extremely well," Dr. Gonzalez said. "I think he's very child-centered as I am. . . . The chemistry was good."
Dr. Gonzalez's fellow deputy superintendent will be another former district administrator, Patsy Baker Blackshear, now an associate superintendent in Baltimore schools.
Dr. Amprey, Dr. Blackshear and Dr. Gonzalez were all finalists in the search for a superintendent to replace Richard C. Hunter, whose contract expires July 31.
The school board voted to hire the three June 28.
Dr. Blackshear and Dr. Amprey, an associate superintendent in Baltimore County, accepted immediately. Dr. Gonzalez, however, wanted to meet with Dr. Amprey before making a decision.
At the time, Dr. Gonzalez was a candidate for the school superintendent's post in Elizabeth, N.J.
She said yesterday that she has withdrawn her candidacy and was not a candidate for any other position.
In the district, Dr. Gonzalez has handled education for special populations, including handicapped, homeless and bilingual children.
A dark horse candidate since the Baltimore search began, she impressed school board members as well as community and advocacy groups who interviewed five finalists for the job.
She will be in charge of instruction for the system, while Dr. Blackshear will handle issues related to personnel and budget, board members have said. Dr. Gonzalez handed in her resignation in the district Thursday and plans to start house-hunting in Baltimore, she said.