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Foose still awaiting final vote as next schools superintendent

The county Board of Education's official vote naming Renee Foose as the next superintendent, expected at the board's meeting Thursday, is on hold as the board continues to work out details of her contract.

That vote may "more likely than not" take place during the next scheduled public board meeting on April 26, board Vice Chairman Frank Aquino said, but a special meeting may be called before then for the vote.

Aquino would not name the specifics of the contract still under discussion. The contract, like Foose's appointment, will be approved with an official board vote and be made public.

"We're getting there," he said of the negotiations.

Foose, currently deputy superintendent of Baltimore County schools, was announced as Howard County's next superintendent March 27, hours after a unanimous midnight vote by the board. The announcement came shortly before the Baltimore County Board of Education announced the approval ofS. Dallas Dance, chief middle school officer in the Houston Independent School District and the other Howard finalist, for that county's next superintendent.

Dance was officially named Baltimore County's superintendent in a unanimous public vote Tuesday, April 10, at that county's Board of Education meeting.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Dance was approved without a contract. He is expected to make $255,000 a year.

When the Howard board approved a list of characteristics for a superintendent to succeed the retiring Sydney Cousin, members approved advertising the job in the range of $265,000.

"We don't do this frequently," Aquino said of approving the new superintendent's contract. "I don't know if the timeline (for contract approval) falls into the 'normal' range."

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