Baltimore County's school board could vote as early as tonight on an interim superintendent to replace Dallas Dance, who is leaving at the end of June.
The Baltimore County school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to name Verletta White, who has risen through the ranks from teacher to one of the top officials in the system, as interim superintendent.
White, 49, will replace Dallas Dance, who resigned suddenly April 18. The school board decided to appoint an interim superintendent because it did not have sufficient time to do a national search for a permanent replacement by the time Dance leaves office at the end of June.
The one-year appointment is subject to approval by the state superintendent of schools. It will begin July 1.
No contract has been signed, and it is not known what White's salary will be.
Board member Stephen Verch described White as a retiring and modest person, as well as someone who has shown a deep interest in supporting the community.
"I am excited," said White. "It has been an orderly process." Her first steps, she said, will be to meet with students, advisory groups, county officials and others around the county "to make sure we are on the same page."
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said the board "made a wise choice selecting Chief Academic Officer Verletta White, who has 25 years of experience in the County school system, and will ensure continuation of our legacy of success."
Abby Beytin, president of the county teachers union, also expressed her approval of the choice. "There is no one who knows the system better," she said. "My feeling is that she will want us to move steadily."
Beytin said teachers are tired of change and want a steady hand who won't introduce any new programs, giving them time to implement what is already in place.
Dance voiced his approval of White's selection. "I look forward to bright days ahead for TeamBCPS as she builds on the success of our system and make it even better," he said.
If the board were later to ask White to take the job for two years, it would have to seek approval from the state.
Maryland law requires superintendents to work under four-year contracts that run from July 1 to June 30. It is unusual for an interim superintendent to remain in place for two years, but it has happened recently in Montgomery County.
White's education career began in 1992 after she graduated from Towson University.
She taught second, third and fourth grades at Garrett Heights Elementary School in Baltimore City then moved to Summit Park Elementary in Pikesville to teach third grade.
She was a teacher mentor, then became an assistant principal and finally a principal of Seneca Elementary School in Bowleys Quarters in 2000.