Harford County schools considering four candidates to replace the late Superintendent Jacqueline Haas: 2 are local

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    The Harford County Public school district has unveiled the four candidates (two with local connections) they’re considering to replace the late Superintendent Jacqueline Haas and is making them available to the media starting tomorrow.

    Click here to read the press release put out by the Harford Public Schools: http://www.hcps.org/departments/docs/publicinformation/publications/pressreleases/2009/MABE_HarPressfinalists%20_3_.pdf

    The candidates to head the approximately 40,000 student district include:

    Dr. Carl Roberts
    Dr. Roberts retired from his position as superintendent of the approximately 16,300-student Cecil County school district last July. Since then, a story in the Cecil Whig says he was working as a lobbyist for school administrators in Annapolis. He used to work in Harford County as assistant superintendent, high school principal, athletic director and teacher.
    Dr. Roberts has been discussed on some local blogs (thank you BANV reader who passed a couple of these links along:)

    Dr. Robert Tomback
    Dr. Robert Tomback, is one of five Area Assistant Superintendents for Baltimore County schools. He serves as the instructional and administrative leader for 34 schools and approximately 25,000 students. He’s a former Catonsville High School principal. His comments were recently included in a Maryland State Department of Education newsletter, stating that county schools had “eliminated low-level courses, increased rigor, and increased the number of support programs” to help students meet the state’s new requirements in order to graduate.

    Dr. Raymond Bryant
    Dr. Raymond Bryant was superintendent of Elmira (N.Y.) City Schools until he resigned in March shortly after succeeding in getting his district of approximately 7,200 students off the state’s list of districts in need of improvement. In a press release announcing his resignation, the Elmira school board president credited Bryant’s leadership and fiscal management efforts as the reason the district has not had to increase its tax levy during the past three years. Dr. Bryant once worked as a an associate superintendent in Washington, D.C.

    Dr. Franklin Till, Jr.
    Dr. Franklin Till, Jr. was superintendent of Broward County, Fla. schools (with 255,738 students — the 6th largest district in the nation) for seven years. He is said to have both closed the achievement gap between ethnic groups in his district while weathering a rocky relationship with some members of his school board. The Florida Sun-Sentinel’s South Florida Schools blog reported today that Till had been fired by the Broward School Board in October 2006 after serving seven years as superintendent. Till oversaw the repair and reconstruction of schools after Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and saw academic improvements during his tenure according to a CSMS Magazine article.

    Click here to read WBAL-TV’s coverage: http://www.wbaltv.com/education/19506520/detail.html

    Click here to read the Baltimore Sun’s coverage: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/harford/bal-md.ha.candidates20may20,0,2451550.story

    Click here to read The Dagger Press’ coverage: http://www.daggerpress.com/2009/05/19/bryant-roberts-till-tomback-announced-as-harford-superintendent-finalists/