Board picks seven finalists for Balto. Co. schools chief

Names are not released

superintendent expected to be hired by next month

February 19, 2000|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County Board of Education members are focusing on seven finalists -- from an initial list of 29 applicants -- in their nationwide search to replace retiring Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione, an official said yesterday.

"Slowly but surely, we're getting it narrowed down," said board President Donald L. Arnold, who has been a spokesman during the search, which has been conducted behind closed doors. He and other board members have refused to identify the finalists.

School board members plan to visit the school districts of some finalists to get a better idea of their educational philosophies and managerial styles, Arnold said.

Arnold said he plans to announce the next superintendent at a meeting next month.

The names of several more potential applicants have surfaced among school system insiders.

Washington County Deputy Superintendent Theresa Flak said recently that she was asked to apply for the job but declined to say whether she did so or whether she had been interviewed.

Flak was a teacher and administrator in Baltimore County for 27 years. She was principal at Cromwell Valley Elementary School in Towson when she decided to take her job in the Washington County system, which has about 20,000 students and 45 schools.

Anne Arundel County Superintendent Carol S. Parham has been mentioned by some in Anne Arundel and Baltimore County as a possible candidate. Parham, who has been superintendent in Anne Arundel for seven years, did not return phone calls to her office yesterday. Parham oversees about 75,000 students.

Also mentioned has been Joan Kowal, the recently ousted superintendent of the Palm Beach County school system in Florida.

Kowal lost her job in December over allegations that she mismanaged that school system's alternative schools and special education programs. Kowal did not return phone calls to her home yesterday.

Another name being circulated is that of Jack Dale, superintendent of the 36,000-student Frederick County school system. Dale, who has been superintendent since 1996, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Allegany County Superintendent M. John O'Connell confirmed last week that a consultant with superintendent seekers Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates of Illinois asked him to apply for the job in Baltimore County.

O'Connell declined to say whether he had applied for the position or had been interviewed.

Baltimore County northeast area superintendent Donald I. Mohler, an insider who has been with the school system for more than 20 years, announced last month that he would apply for the job.

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