Baltimore County's School Board is searching for a new superintendent for the first time in 12 years. Superintendent Dr. Joe Hairston's contract has not been renewed, and he announced he is retiring after having served in the position since 2000.
The school board's president, Lawrence Schmidt, has appointed a four-person committee to search for the county's next superintendent.
"Dr. Hairston's going to be on the board until June the 30th, 2012 and we hope that the new superintendent -- whoever that person is -- will start on July the first," Schmidt says.
There are more than 100,000 students in Baltimore County's public school system and the District wants to hire someone who can relate to a diverse student body, while also being able to handle a large operating budget, Schmidt says.
"We have a school board that has no fiscal responsibility at all," he says. "We are dependent on our county and our state and our delegation for funding, so I think the superintendent has to have a handle on those fiscal, monetary and budgetary issues."
In addition, Schmidt says he thinks it's important to hire someone who will embrace new technologies. He's asked the search committee to schedule public hearings on the search within the next 30 days.