Timothy Tenne is betting that there is a way for the county school board to choose him as the next leader of the county schools. Col. Tenne is leaving the military in the next month and has applied for the superintendent's job which becomes vacant in July when Joe Hairston retires. The school board says it hopes to announce the selection of a new leader in April, perhaps as soon as April 1st.

According to Maryland regulations, any superintendent who doesn't have an education degree is going to have to get a waiver from the interim state superintendent of schools. Bernard Sadusky. No one can actually remember if that has happened before, but they are sure that it didn't happen during the 20 year career of Nancy S. Grasmick.

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But Jane Satterfield, who heads certification for the Maryland State Department of Education, said if the job is titled chief executive officer, then the candidate does not need to have the prescribed education background. However, the county school board, Satterfield said, would have to ask the Maryland General Assembly to pass legislation to give them the right to hire a CEO. Since the legislature will end its 90-day session in early April, there's not much time to get that approval. Baltimore City is the only jurisdiction to have a CEO.

Tenne seems undeterred. He says that he thinks he had a good initial interview with the search firm and is looking forward to March 11-13 when he says he was told the school board will be getting the list of 40 applicants for the job as well as recommendations from the search firm about which candidates the board should interview.

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