Baltimore County Hires 30-Year-Old Schools Chief

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A 30-year-old Houston schools administrator has been chosen to lead Baltimore County’s school system.

School board President Lawrence Schmidt said Tuesday that S. Dallas Dance accepted the position Monday night. He was also being considered for the schools superintendent job in Howard County.

Dance has only two years of teaching experience. That meant he needed a waiver from interim state Superintendent Bernard Sandusky, which he received. State law requires superintendents to have at least three years’ experience.

Schmidt tells The Baltimore Sun the school board was impressed with Dance’s poise and maturity. Schmidt says the school board expects questions will be raised about Dance’s age since he is younger than most people he will lead.

Teachers union President Abby Beytin says she’s disappointed the selection was a closed process.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • LegalBeagle

    Another “import” and only 30 years old. Do I detect someone who has not sufficient experience? Whose “chosen son” is this guy? Absurdity at its finest.

  • Bill

    The new social program! All schools left behind! Do not forget the pre employment drug screen Make room CalvertHall and Curly you may need additions?

  • Pam

    Closed selection, of course it is!!! BCPS needs to have an elected school board and there won’t be closed selections! Dance comes from Houston, Texas, Houston’s school board is all elected!!! Hopefully he will support an elected school board!

  • Jeff

    If he’s qualified and can do the job, then age shouldn’t matter. I’d rather have a young person who’s qualified and might be a better leader than hire someone who’s part of the good ol boys club who’s been there for 30 years and wrapped up in the status quo. That’s part of the reason why you bring someone in from the outside who can shake things up. Someone who’s part of the system is personal and doesn’t want to step on toes.

  • OMG

    probably 8 yrs experience in school systems….I’m sure it was they were looking for

  • ok MD

    if it was a closed selection….it doesn’t look right

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  • Hey

    come on Baltimore county, if you replace a black with a white thats decrimination….the worthless NAACP would be all over this…Al and Jesse would be here in Trayvon T-shirts protesting….why do u think is was closed doors? maybe he should first intern in the lowest performing schools like Milford, woodlawn, Randallstown

  • happyjack

    School board should be elected & not appointed just like any other position where citizens tax dollars are spent…We have no say.

  • m.A.

    One day all you knuckleheads will regret this great giveawy of guilt compl;ex to hand everything over to the Nigs. The majority are useless & resource draining. The ones that do make it want nothing to do with their own color. They all wanna live in Whitey’s world where White & blonde is much better that Nappy & black.

    • Get Real

      Wow…with all the errors in your post…you just may be a Nig!

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