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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Maryland superintendent search needs your help

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.


Nancy Grasmick retired last summer after 20 years as Maryland state superintendent. (Courtesy: Maryland State Department of Education)
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.

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