The Baltimore County school board will hire a firm to conduct a national search for a new superintendent, leaving less than six months to complete the process before a July 1 target to have a permanent superintendent secured.
School Board President Kathleen Causey said the board has asked the school administration to look at the best way of hiring a search firm. She said the board could piggyback off an existing contract from another school district in order to shorten the process.
If not, the board will have to issue a request for proposal, wait for bids to come from interested firms, and then pick a firm, all of which could take weeks.
When searching for a new superintendent, most school boards begin such a process in the fall with the hopes of hiring a superintendent by April or May.
By state law, superintendents can only have contracts that begin on July 1. So if the school board does not act to hire a superintendent in the coming months, it would have to hire an interim superintendent.
Verletta White, who has been an interim school superintendent for a year and a half, has said she will apply for the permanent job.
“As I’ve always stated, I am personally and professionally invested in Baltimore County Public Schools,” said White. “I look forward to continuing the good work we’re doing for students and I look forward to sharing those success stories during the search process.”