Assistant set to head school system William Hyde will succeed retiring superintendent

He'll start July 1

Board members praise him for extensive experience

June 11, 1998|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

Calling him a "visionary educator" who can guide Carroll County schools into the next century, the Board of Education yesterday named William H. Hyde as its next superintendent.

Hyde, 56, has been Carroll's assistant superintendent for administration since 1987, overseeing the finance, transportation, buildings and personnel departments.

He will replace Brian L. Lockard, widely recognized as one of the most popular superintendents in Carroll since his appointment four years ago, who will retire June 30.

Board members praised Hyde for his broad range of experience in the administrative, fiscal and instructional areas of education, and expressed admiration for his willingness to take risks to improve the school system.

"Bill is a visionary educator with the courage to make decisions on behalf of and for the improvement of students," said board President C. Scott Stone. "He is a proven leader with a profound sense of urgency.

"He understands the global competitive environment students must be prepared to conquer when they graduate from high school," Stone added. "Likewise, he realizes the need for a fiscally responsible school system that operates with businesslike efficiency."

Before joining the Carroll County school system, Hyde spent more than two decades at the State Department of Education, where he worked as a rehabilitation counselor, then as an administrator.

"Your trust I appreciate," Hyde told the standing-room-only crowd yesterday in the school board's Westminster offices. "I'm honored and I'm humbled. I feel this appointment reflects the outstanding work of the leadership in the administration, and I've been fortunate enough to ride their coattails."

Thanks predecessor

Describing Lockard as a "friend and role model," Hyde thanked the departing superintendent for giving him the opportunity to learn and grow during the past four years.

"If we all had our druthers, we'd rather have Brian Lockard stay and lead us through his example and his humanitarianism and caring," said Hyde, who will begin his new position July 1. He will earn $110,000 during the 1998-1999 school year.

The school board began its search for a superintendent shortly after Lockard announced his plans to retire in January. Board members selected Hyde from a field of 11 candidates. All but one of the applicants were from Maryland.

Board members said they were impressed during Hyde's interview with his detailed presentation on initiatives for improving Carroll schools.

"He came with a whole plan of where to take the school system and how to get us there," said board member Ann Ballard. "He's concerned that we not get behind in MSPAP [the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program]. Bill's really into technology and he has a lot of plans for technology in schools."

Hyde's experience in fiscal and instructional areas appealed to board member Joseph D. Mish.

Praise

"It boils down to providing the best quality instructional program at the least cost to the taxpayers," said Mish.

Ralph Blevins, president of the Carroll County Education Association, the teachers' union, said he expects Hyde to lead the 26,000-student school system in the same manner as his predecessor.

"We've been a very successful system and I don't see any need for dramatic changes," Blevins said.

The board's appointment of Hyde to the top public schools job in the county continues a tradition of promoting from within. Both Lockard and R. Edward Shilling, the superintendent who preceded him, held assistant superintendent positions.

Unlike the previous two superintendents, however, Hyde has spent a good portion of his career outside Carroll County.

In 1966, he joined the Maryland State Department of Education as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, working with developmentally disabled children and adults. He then held a variety of supervisory positions in the vocational rehabilitation division before becoming director of administrative support services in 1977.

Education

Born in Frostburg, Hyde earned a bachelor's degree in history from what now is Frostburg State University in 1963. For three years he taught history and civics at Charles Carroll Junior High School in Prince George's County.

In 1969, Hyde received his master's degree in counseling from Frostburg State and, from 1973 to 1981, was enrolled in the doctoral program in education administration at the Catholic University in Washington.

According to Hyde's four-year contract with the county Board of Education, he will receive an annual vehicle stipend of $6,400. The contract states his salary will increase annually by the same percentage as the average increases received by teachers in their negotiated contracts.

The board approved an agreement yesterday that gives teachers a 2 percent raise.

The contract also includes provisions limiting the superintendent's retirement compensation. Under the agreement, Hyde will be reimbursed for a maximum of 50 unused vacation days and 250 sick days.

The board faced severe criticism four years ago when Shilling retired with a lump-sum payment of about $95,000 in accumulated sick leave and unpaid vacation.

Pub Date: 6/11/98

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