Baltimore, Howard Counties' Superintendent Searches Collide

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

By the time the Howard County Board of Education made its final decision this week to offer its open superintendent of schools position to Renee Foose, its only other candidate for the position, S. Dallas Dance, had already accepted a similar offer from the Baltimore County Board of Education.

That's according to timelines of the two decisions provided by Sandra French, Howard's board chairman, and Lawrence Schmidt, Baltimore County's board president.

It's also just one of many unusual aspects of the two neighboring counties' superintendent searches, which collided in more ways than one in the past week.

Both Foose, deputy superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, and Dance, chief middle school officer of the Houston Independent School District in Texas, were finalists in the superintendent searches of both counties — despite the fact that the two counties used different search firms.


Howard publicly announced Foose and Dance as its final two candidates on Monday morning, ahead of two meet-and-greet sessions and a question-and-answer session between residents and the two candidates Monday afternoon and evening, respectively.

According to French, Howard board members convened following the question-and-answer session to deliberate on which of the two candidates they should offer the position.

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