Superintendent: Good Time To Move On

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 – Anne Kramer
The Baltimore County School Superintendent says it’s a “good time to go.”

Joe Hairston telling WBAL TV that leaving at the end of his contract next June is the right decision. Hairston has been the school superintendent for 12 years.

School Board President Larry Schmidt tells WBAL Radio that Hairston informed him he did not want another contract and the board voted not to offer it to him.

“He has had a terrific run and has certainly  left a system better off than he found it. And I have nothing but great things to say about him,” says Schmidt.

Hairston is expected to answer questions from reporters during a newsconference on Friday.

Schmidt says he has now appointed four members of the school board to work as a group to put his three part plan into action for finding a new superintendent.

The committee in thirty days is expected to put together a Request for Proposal for a possible national search firm to help fill Hairston’s shoes.

“Whether we hire a search firm is going to be a function of the cost and whether we think it would be the most bang for the buck,” says Schmidt.

Another component of the plan will include getting input from the public about the next superintendent. Schmidt says it may be putting a website together to take comments or hold public hearings.

“I think the next superintendent is going to have to recognize the diversity of the student population in Baltimore County, be a dynamic person who is able to tailor the curriculum and schools to give every student an opportunity to succeed to the highest level and their  maximum potential,” Schmidt tells WBAL Radio.

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