The Harford County Board of Education announced Monday it will appoint an interim superintendent for the 2013–2014 school year.
Current superintendent Robert Tomback, who has been in the position since 2009, said in early February that he will leave the job at the end of this school year.
By June 10, the school board plans to name the interim superintendent, as it works with the community to identify a permanent replacement.
Rick Grambo, president of the Harford County Board of Education, read the following statement regarding the superintendent search process at the board's Feb. 25 meeting:
“As you are aware, on Monday, Feb. 4, Superintendent Robert M. Tomback announced that at the conclusion of his term in June he would be moving on to pursue other opportunities....
Upon receiving this information, my board colleagues and I immediately began working to create a timeline and process for selecting Dr. Tomback’s successor.
While we, as a community, have the critical task of selecting the next superintendent to lead our school system, we must ensure that this process does not interfere with our mission and responsibility of instructing our students and preparing them for a successful life beyond Harford County Public Schools.
In order to allow more time to sufficiently gather feedback and input from the parents, students, staff and community regarding desired criteria for our next superintendent, we have decided that it would be prudent to appoint an interim superintendent to serve a one-year term.
We are currently working to select an interim superintendent and hope to make an announcement by June 10 of this school year.
The interim superintendent will be allowed to apply for the permanent position. This board feels it is vital that it seek input from all of our stakeholders before making the decision to appoint the next superintendent.
The search for the permanent superintendent will commence in the fall and will begin with the critical task of developing the criteria for the selection of the next superintendent of Harford County Public Schools.
We are committed to communicating with you regularly throughout the search process. A communication plan and search process timeline will be developed over the summer and made promptly available to the public. We encourage you to become involved in the search process for the permanent superintendent as this decision is one that affects all of us.”
According to The Baltimore Sun, Harford school board member Robert Frisch said the school system must decide whether to hire an outside firm to find the new superintendent, conduct the search themselves or split the responsibility between a search firm and the board.
In the past year, Baltimore and Howard counties selected new superintendents using search firms.