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Howard school board sets superintendent search timeline

The Howard County school board established a timeline and procedures for its superintendent's search on Wednesday night, setting a deadline for applications in late February and interviews of finalists in March.

Superintendent Sydney Cousin announced this year that he is stepping down in June, at the end of his contract.

Iowa-based search firm Ray and Associates, which was recently chosen by the board to conduct the search, outlined the selection process, which will include recruiting candidates at the American Association of School Administrators in Houston on Feb. 16-19.

The search firm will spend the remainder of this month contacting groups in the community and preparing information for promotional materials and the application form.

Next month, the firm will receive final input from the community as well as school board members, complete the superintendent profile for the promotion materials and application, and then submit sample application forms to candidates.

Neither the school board nor Ray and Associates set a deadline for naming a superintendent.

The search firm also discussed the position's salary and benefits. Cousin's salary is $265,000.

Board member Frank Aquino said that when the school board was negotiating Cousin's salary, it looked at the pay of other superintendents in the Baltimore-Washington area, and he would like to use the same process for the current search. In addition, he said, the board would also like to study what it would take to persuade a candidate to undertake a move.

joseph.burris@baltsun.com

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