Report: Howard County Picks Foose as Superintendent

Renee Foose, deputy superintendent of schools in Baltimore County, will take office after Sydney Cousin steps down.

The Howard County Board of Education has selected Renee A. Foose as the new superintendent of schools, according to the Howard County Times.

Foose had been serving as the deputy superintendent of schools in Baltimore County since April, 2011. Prior to that, Foose worked in several capacities for the Montgomery County School System, including as a teacher, director of school performance and assistant superintendent.

"She is our first choice, and we are so thrilled she said yes," French told the Times of the board's unanimous decision to choose Foose.

After contract negotiations and an official approval from the state superintendent, Foose will step into the position July 1, when . 

Residents first met Foose and the other finalist for the position, S. Dallas Dance, Monday night at two meet-and-greet events.

Foose said she would prepare for any impending budget difficulties that may arise if counties become responsible for some of the teacher pension burdens, by "engaging the workforce, maximizing individual talents," and putting people where their talents are most needed.

She added, "By no means do I support cutting anything that impacts classrooms or schools." 

Meanwhile, that Dance, the other finalist in the competition, has accepted a position with the Baltimore County Public School System.

With reporting by Patch.com Editor Brandie Jefferson.

Jack March 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
My perspective may be harsh but is the truth. Clouded is the secrecy the hcpss operates in. The solution is simple, transparent and inclusive. What is wrong with including the public in public education?
JaySmith March 29, 2012 at 12:55 AM
@JustDoIt: Jack didn't 'personally attack' anyone, and he's not being 'narrow-minded'. Don't know where you came up with that. "Immaturity for this type of media"? Where'd you dream that up? And Jack & I DO have solutions......shine the light of day on the total Compensation being offered. Heck, as the private sector taxpayers paying for this madness, I'd like to offer total Comp package of $150k including all benefits, and no one else in the County except maybe County Exec should make more than $120k including benefits. They're supposed to be public servants, not greed-barons, and the job market is tight -- the applicants for that type of pay would show up. Period.
kindman March 29, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Good luck Howard County. Thank god she is finally out of bcps. Hopefully she brings her sisters with her. Less than a year and what a mess.
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