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Baltimore Co. casts net widely in schools search


The Baltimore County school board has unleashed a consultant in the search for a new superintendent to replace retiring Robert Y. Dubel and issued a call for advice from dozens of groups and individuals.

Maureen Steinecke of Laurel-based Steinecke and Associates Inc. will be paid $55,000 to help the board in its search. Ms. Steinecke was the executive director of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education for 11 years before retiring in September 1989.

The board also has sent letters to 38 county organizations, "which have a history of interest and involvement with public schools," said Rosalie Hellman, board president.

The letters ask the organizations "to reassess" the direction of the school system and to help the board develop a profile of the ideal candidate.

Among the groups are the Coalition of African-American Organizations, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, the Teachers Association of Baltimore County and the PTA Council of Baltimore County.

"In addition to the 38 organizations, we are asking any other group or individual citizen who wishes to do so to write to us and tell us what they think," Mrs. Hellman said.

In contrast to Baltimore's superintendent-search process, the organizations will not be invited to interview the finalists, Mrs. Hellman said. Board members wanted to avoid the possibility of organizations picking several different candidates, she said.

So far, no names have been submitted in the nationwide search. "It's wide open," Mrs. Hellman said.

Advertisements will be placed in major newspapers and professional journals, and announcements will be sent to universities with graduate schools of education.

The deadline for comment is Oct. 1. The application deadline will be Dec. 15, 1991.

The board hopes to announce its selection March 1, 1992, and the new superintendent is to take office July 1, Mrs. Hellman said.

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