Schools superintendent candidates interviewed

33 names submitted for Balto. County post

February 11, 2000|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County's Board of Education has interviewed several candidates as part of a national search to replace Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione, who will retire in June after four years at the helm of the nation's 25th largest school system.

At a meeting in Towson last week, school board members received the names of 33 job applicants, said board President Donald L. Arnold. Four applicants have since withdrawn their names for various reasons.

At that meeting, consultants Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates of Illinois presented the board with a short list of candidates whom they consider to be the best-qualified, Arnold said. School officials also have added names to the list.

"We wanted to have the opportunity to consider other people," Arnold said. "That's the whole purpose of permitting board members to look over [all] the bios, to see if there are any other candidates we want to interview."

The school board has not eliminated any candidates, he said. "We haven't dropped anybody," Arnold said. "All candidates will be given equal consideration."

Arnold would not say how many applicants have been interviewed, or when the interviews took place.

The names of several possible candidates have surfaced recently, including Baltimore County northeast area superintendent Donald I. Mohler, who announced last month that he would apply. Mohler has worked for the school system for more than 20 years as a teacher, principal and administrator.

Baltimore County Deputy Superintendent Elfreda W. Massie had said she was interested in the position, but sources close to Massie recently said she had accepted a job with an educational publishing company near Chicago.

Massie, who recently submitted a letter of resignation to the school board, accepted farewell accolades from two groups at a school board meeting Tuesday.

Allegany County schools Superintendent M. John O'Connell confirmed Wednesday that he had been approached by a representative of the search firm but declined to say whether he had applied for the job or if he had been interviewed.

"They asked me if I would consider the superintendency in Baltimore County," O'Connell said. "Nothing has materialized since."

O'Connell, who oversees Allegany County's 11,000-student school system, worked as a teacher and administrator for about 24 years in Prince George's County. More recently, he was an administrator in Baltimore City and Calvert County. He received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.

School board members say that the search is on schedule and that they intend to choose a new superintendent before April.

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