Though the deadline for applications has passed, Baltimore County school board members and administrators are keeping quiet about the 29 candidates for the superintendent's position that will be vacated when Robert Y. Dubel retires July 1 after 16 years on the job.
About the only thing officials will say about the search is how encouraged they are by the caliber of the candidates who responded to recruiting ads the board placed placed in major newspapers.
"I'm very, very pleased," said Maureen Steinecke, the superintendent-search consultant who will assist the school board in its decision.
"My impression is that 29 valid applications . . . is really very, very good," she said. More applications could be accepted, Steinecke said, if they have been postmarked by Dec. 15, the deadline.
Applications have come from 16 states, with seven submissions from Maryland. There are three each from Massachusetts, New York and Virginia.
"We've even had one from California," says Rosalie Hellman, president of the school board. "We wanted a national response to this, and I think we got one."
The screening committee, comprising school board Vice President Calvin D. Disney and members Hilda W. Hillman and Ronald L. Jacoby, is expected to complete a short list of finalists in a month or so, Hellman said. The school board plans to announce its choice March 1.
Though few rumors about the job are circulating, State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick didn't mind putting one to rest, saying that she is not a candidate for the county position.
Grasmick said that when she accepted her current job last September she was aware that the county superintendency would become available this year, but that she is committed to the state position.
Carmella Veit, president of the PTA Council of Baltimore County, said she's heard no gossip about who the new superintendent will be, and explained that the educational community has other things on its mind.
Dubel, 66, announced his plans to retire last August.
Dubel came to the county school system in 1968 as the assistant superintendent for staff and community relations. He was deputy superintendent from 1971 to 1976 and was appointed superintendent in 1976.