Wanted: Maryland state superintendent.
Job Duties: Oversee 24 school districts, 1,450 schools, libraries, child care centers, juvenile detention centers (the educational part), all told - the educational well-being of more than 1 million children.
Also: Sit on umpteen boards, politick; defend Maryland’s No. 1 ranking for public education with all your might.
And: Tour every inch of the state.
Former state superintendent Nancy Grasmick logged upwards of 500 miles a week on the road visiting schools and educators. Grasmick, who retired over the summer, insisted on driving herself most of the time in a state-owned 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. She once told me she couldn’t imagine pulling up to an inner-city school with a driver.
After a two-decade tenure — even the state education building in Baltimore is named after Grasmick — replacing her is a monumental task. So Maryland’s Board of Education is asking for your help!
Board members want to know: What are you looking for in a state schools chief?
You can fill out an on-line survey by Nov. 18
Or you can attend one of the following forums:
Oct. 27 — Easton High School (Talbot County)
Nov. 2 — Laurel High School (Prince George’s County)
Nov. 3 — Seneca Valley High School (Montgomery County)
Nov. 7 — Mountain Ridge High School (Allegany County)
Nov. 9 — Edgewood High School (Harford County)
Nov. 10 — Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Baltimore City)
**Forums will be held at two different times at each location, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.