S. Dallas Dance, chief middle schools officer in the Houston school district, has been chosen as the next superintendent in Baltimore County.
Dance, 30, had only two years of teaching experience in public schools, and therefore needed and received a waiver for the position from interim state Superintendent Bernard Sadusky. State law requires superintendents to have three years' experience.
The four-year contract has yet to be drawn up, but Schmidt said Dance will earn about $250,000, about $60,000 less than Joe Hairston, who is leaving the job on July 1 after 12 years. By comparison, Baltimore City CEO Andres Alonso was hired in 2007 at $230,000, and now earns $260,000.
"We were extremely impressed with Dr. Dance during his interviews, with his poise and his maturity. His answers showed a depth of understanding. His references and prior experience were stellar," Schmidt said. The school board understands that questions will be raised about his age, Schmidt said, because he will be younger than most people he leads.