Schools consider CEO applicants

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore schools interim Chief Executive Officer Charlene Cooper Boston is among about a dozen candidates that the school board is considering for the permanent CEO's job, officials said yesterday.

The board will interview the candidates over the next month, Chairman Brian D. Morris said at a briefing for reporters. It has received more than two dozen applications, around half of them viable ones, from people interested in leading the 83,000-student system.

Morris said he hopes to name a permanent CEO before the school year ends in June. In selecting a candidate, he said, the board will use the results of 2,170 surveys filled out by students, parents, staff, community leaders and politicians.

Asked about the most important issues the new CEO needs to address, the top response was improving school safety. Raising academic achievement was No. 2.

The system plans to post the survey results this week on its Web site, www.bcps.k12.

Boston has been serving as interim CEO since last summer when CEO Bonnie S. Copeland stepped down. Morris said that Boston will be treated "the same way as other applicants."

He would not comment on who else is in the running, saying he could only mention Boston because she has been public about her candidacy. He said only that the applicants come from "all over the world," and that the school board is willing to entertain applications from people whose background is in something other than education, such as business.

PROACT Search Inc., a Milwaukee-based company, received a $59,000 contract to conduct the CEO search. The company led a series of public forums, focus groups and interviews.

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