The Carroll County Board of Education is continuing its search for an interim superintendent and remains tight-lipped about progress and candidates being considered.
"We have decided the process is best served not to get into the details," school board President C. Scott Stone said. "One of the things we're trying to ensure is that the process maintains the privacy of the candidates for the position until the time is appropriate."
Stone said the board has met twice in the two weeks since Superintendent William H. Hyde unexpectedly announced plans to retire Sept. 1.
Hyde has served two years of his four-year contract.
The board plans to appoint a temporary schools chief to a nine-month term to lead the system through the next school year. A permanent replacement would take over July 1.
Stone said the board has identified a list of interim candidates - though he would not elaborate on who is being considered - and reiterated his belief that an appointee is "equally likely" to come from inside or outside Carroll schools. He would not say whether the board has interviewed anyone for the position.
Stone, who directed school board members to funnel questions about the search process to him, said the board has decided to appoint an interim superintendent on its own without the assistance of a committee.
With only six weeks between Hyde's announcement and his retirement date, he said, "the feeling is that the time period is just too short."
Although Hyde's contract requires him to give four months' written notice to the board if he intends to terminate his contract, attorneys for the school board have said that will not affect his retirement package, Stone said. Board members have asked their counsel to double-check and issue a written opinion to the board, he said.
According to Hyde's contract, he will receive the financial equivalent of no more than 50 unused vacation days and no more than 250 unused sick days - a lump sum that could total $148,700.
He also will receive free health insurance coverage for the remainder of his life and a $237,930 term life insurance policy until age 70. Hyde is 59 years old.