City school board OKs hiring company to search for CEO

December 14, 2006|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,Sun Reporter

The Baltimore school board has hired a company to conduct a national search for a chief executive officer of the city schools.

On Tuesday night, the board approved a $59,000 contract with PROACT Search Inc., which has conducted superintendent searches for school systems including those in Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and Washington.

Charlene Cooper Boston has been interim CEO since July 1, when Bonnie S. Copeland stepped down. Boston said yesterday that she has not decided whether she wants to be considered a candidate for the job.

Before the vote, school board Chairman Brian D. Morris said the board has been happy with Boston's work but has pledged to the public that it would look nationally for a new CEO.

The board is looking to hire a CEO by the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year.

Morris said there will be opportunities for the public to provide input on the qualities it wants in a CEO.

Also Tuesday night, the board approved a contract with the consulting firm Funds for Learning to help the system resolve its problems with the federal school technology program known as E-Rate.

A competing bidder had alleged that the firm has a conflict of interest.

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