Newly appointed Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance has picked a transition team that includes two former state superintendents and a college president among the 21 individuals who will guide him in the first three months of his job.
Beginning in June, the team will meet to review the school system and give Dance its thoughts on the strengths of the system as well as areas that may need to be improved.
Dance drew his team from several states, picking Nancy S. Grasmick, the former Maryland school superintendent, and William Bosher, the former Virginia superintendent, to lead the team. He said he looked particularly for leaders with knowledge of the state and county.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III will be a special adviser to Dance. Hrabowski, Dance said, has talked to him several times over the phone on a variety of subjects.
Dance, who has been in town for the past several days meeting with members of the community and the school board, said, "I have had a lot of fun. Folks have been very honest and very straightforward, which I appreciate."
He is leaving his job as head of middle schools in Houston in early June and will be in Baltimore County around the middle of that month. He said he will have a week of transition with Joe A. Hairston, who retires at the end of June after 12 years on the job.
Other members of the transition team include three principals, a teacher, the student member of the school board, a PTA leader, the teachers union president and a county finance official. Dance will also draw advice from several retired superintendents in Maryland, including former Baltimore County schools chief Anthony Marchione and Michael Hickey, a Towson University professor and former Howard County superintendent.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun