Harford picks school system superintendent

October 30, 1998|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

The Harford County School Board has named interim school Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas as the permanent replacement for former Superintendent Jeffery N. Grotsky, who was forced out in March just 20 tumultuous months into his four-year contract.

Haas, a former special education teacher and principal, was appointed acting superintendent after school officials paid Grotsky $271,000 to buy out the remainder of his contract, noting "irreconcilable differences" between Grotsky and the school board.

Haas, who has been with the Harford County school system for 20 years, will begin a four-year term as superintendent on July 1. She will be the first woman to head Harford's almost 40,000-student school system.

School system spokesman Donald R. Morrison said board members voted unanimously to appoint Haas, who was attending a conference in Ocean City yesterday.

Morrison said the board decided against considering applicants outside the school system.

According to one board member, "They had the right person, at the right time, in the right position in Mrs. Haas," Morrison said. "They saw no reason to string it out."

Officials have hailed Haas for her handling of the system since her appointment as interim superintendent. They noted her performance during budget deliberations -- an area where elected officials often clashed with Grotsky, who now works for Baltimore City.

Morrison said Haas has not announced any formal initiatives, other than a continued focus on teachers and students.

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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