The Baltimore County school board will begin its search for a superintendent by deciding, during the next few weeks, what it wants in a superintendent and how to go about finding it.
Only after it has settled on "the process" and a schedule for choosing a superintendent will the 12-member board seek applicants for the position, its president, Calvin Disney, said yesterday.
The board has not set a timetable for choosing a permanent replacement for Stuart Berger, who was ousted in August in a $300,000 buyout, 11 months before his contract was to expire.
"There isn't a real urgency," Mr. Disney said. "We don't have to do anything, by statute, until July 1" -- when the term of Acting Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione expires.
Mr. Disney indicated that the first stage would take about four weeks and that the process may move slowly because the board has so many new members. Only four members of the board that hired Dr. Berger in early 1992 remain and three current members were appointed in August.
"We've got plenty of time," said Sanford V. Teplitzky, a board member for almost two years.
Although Mr. Disney said the board does not intend to conduct secret negotiations, it will "protect a person's rights to privacy." He has said previously that school boards that do not guarantee confidentiality for job candidates often do not attract the most qualified applicants.