Balto. Co. to step up search for school superintendent Board will compile candidate profile, interview candidates

January 09, 1996|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

By the end of this month, the Baltimore County school board will intensify its search for a permanent superintendent to replace the ousted Stuart D. Berger.

With two important deadlines behind them by then, board members will compile a profile of the kind of candidate they are seeking to lead the 102,000-student district, and will take a first look at the applicants, said board President Calvin Disney.

Board members have been "reviewing our own ideas" for the superintendent's qualifications and will incorporate suggestions solicited from community groups and individuals, he said.

The deadline for public comment on the schools system's direction and goals, and "what kind of superintendent should be selected to implement those goals," is Monday. A consultant is reviewing the written comments and interviewing about 15 groups that have requested meetings, said county schools spokesman Donald I. Mohler.

The consultant, Maureen Steinecke of Steinecke Associates in Laurel, is also receiving the applications for the superintendent's position. They are due Jan. 26.

Mr. Disney said he does not know how many applications have been received and that the board will not review them until after the deadline.

After Dr. Berger's sudden departure over the summer, the board was criticized for being secretive about personnel issues and for having meetings in members' homes on weekends.

Mr. Disney has said that even though the board was within its rights in such meetings, he is "very concerned" about the issue of openness this time around.

Still, the board has not announced a schedule for hiring a new superintendent. On July 1, the interim superintendency of Anthony G. Marchione will expire.

Dr. Marchione took over Aug. 1, when the board agreed to buy out Dr. Berger's contract for about $300,000 -- which included the remaining 11 months of his $121,000 salary and a $150,000 buyout bonus.

Dr. Marchione is expected to be a candidate for the permanent position.

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