Carroll to name schools superintendent Wednesday

March 30, 2010|By Mary Gail Hare | mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

After a nationwide search and interviews with nearly two dozen candidates, Carroll County school officials will announce the system's new superintendent Wednesday morning.

The Board of Education conducted focus groups throughout the community, asking residents what they wanted to see in a superintendent and developed a profile based on those qualities.

"Residents were all over the map with the attributes," said Carey Gaddis, schools spokeswoman. "They wanted someone trustworthy and loyal with a good knowledge of Carroll County and Maryland as well as good instruction and academic skills."

Superintendent Charles Ecker, who plans to retire at the end of this academic year, was involved in some meetings and offered his input on his successor, she said. Ecker, a former Howard County executive, became interim superintendent 10 years ago and restored order to a system reeling from the resignation of William Hyde, who was eventually imprisoned on sexual child abuse charges.

Ecker was named superintendent in 2002 and has built a reputation for his openness and candor.

Once the board had developed a profile, members relied on assistance from HYA, a national search firm based in Chicago. Ultimately 22 candidates applied for the position that pays $180,000 annually. The superintendent will oversee more than 27,000 students in 42 schools.

The announcement will be made at 10 a.m. at the administration headquarters in Westminster.

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