5:29 PM EDT, April 11, 2012
In a meeting with the editorial board of The Baltimore Sun, the next Baltimore County schools chief, S. Dallas Dance, said he supports the controversial decision to build a new school in Mays Chapel. The school, he said, is needed to relieve overcrowding. He said he will never shy away from making unpopular decisions, but that no matter how difficult the decision "it does not give you the right not to listen to people."
Dance will take over on July 1, but he plans to visit the county several times between now and then. He said he is hoping to announce a transition team early next week and to begin advertising for a deputy superintendent by the middle of the next week. Renee Foose, who holds the job now, is leaving to become superintendent of Howard County schools.
Dance said he is hoping to talk former Maryland state superintendent Nancy Grasmick, and William Bosher, a former state superintendent in Virginia, into helping with his transition.
When asked how he views charter schools, he said, he believes most public schools can offer students what charters do. "Unless they are doing something very different, then I don't think there is a need for a charter.
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