Baltimore gets flood of applicants for superintendent's job


Baltimore officials have decided not to extend the deadline for applications for the position of school superintendent, thanks to a last-minute flood of promising resumes -- including seven or eight from superintendents of larger school districts from all over the East Coast.

Baltimore had received 89 applications by yesterday's postmarked deadline and expects more to trickle in, said Robert G. Wendland, the city's deputy personnel director.

The batch includes resumes from about 10 deputy school superintendents from Maryland and the rest of the Eastern seaboard. There are about 10 local applicants, he said, but he would not release names.

So far about 50 applicants meet the city's minimum requirements, Mr. Wendland said. Criteria are a master's degree in administration and five years of executive experience in public education or "a satisfactory combination of education and experience."

"We've gotten a good group of applications," Mr. Wendland said. He said the city hopes to narrow the field to 20 to 30 candidates by mid-March and start interviewing candidates around mid-April.

The school board wants a new superintendent in place immediately after Superintendent Richard C. Hunter's contract expires July 31. Dr. Hunter has been told his three-year contract would not be renewed.

On Thursday, city officials were considering extending the deadline by a week because there were only 50 applications. Mr. Wendland said the applicants include three or four non-educators.

One, school and community sources said, is William G. Sykes, who in 1979 became the first black president of the state school board. Mr. Sykes, 54, heads Sykes and Associates, a consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio.

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