Baltimore County, Md., Public Schools System Superintendent Dallas Dance to resign June 30

April 19, 2017: Baltimore County, Md., Public Schools System Superintendent Dallas Dance announced his resignation yesterday, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, without giving a clear reason, and the resignation is effective on June 30, 2017. In a statement sent out Tuesday morning, April 18, Dance said he'll be moving on to another chapter in his career, but did not say if he was taking a new job. The Baltimore County Board of Education has not scheduled a vote on replacing Dance. "The last five years serving as superintendent of Team BCPS have been the best years of my professional life," Dance said in the statement. "I have led this organization from my heart believing that we could move mountains, and while not literally, we have begun tackling some large complex issues, which will take us time…However, I believe our county and region will be better because of our strategic efforts to provide an equitable educational experience for all of our children." Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz called Dance's resignation a "tremendous loss for the county." "I am confident the school board will recruit the best new superintendent to continue Dr. Dance’s legacy of providing a quality education for our students," Kamenetz said in a statement. Dance, who oversees 162 schools and 111,000 students, had just received a new contract in May, 2016. The School Board voted 10-2 to give him a four-year deal with an annual salary of $275,000. He was hired as the Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent in 2012. Before that, he had never held a job for longer than two years.

Dance's departure though surprising isn't exactly unexpected considering the often short tenure of superintendents in large public school systems. The Council of Great City Schools, which researches tenure, salaries and characteristics of school superintendents, found in a 2014 report that 3.2 years was the average tenure among superintendents in cities with populations of more than 250,000. Baltimore County is home to 823,000 people.

Attribution: The Baltimore Business Journal

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