Maryland Plans to Hire Interim School Construction Director

The Interagency Committee on School Construction seeks a temporary replacement for the State’s top school construction post as a legislative commission considers changes to the permanent job description.

IAC member and former State Senator Barbara Hoffman said the interim director would serve through the 2017 legislative session.

David Lever, Executive Director of Maryland’s Public School Construction Program announced his plan to resign effective September 1, 2016 this spring.

Now, the Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC), a five-member body that oversees that position, has announced plans to hire an interim replacement for Lever, while a legislative commission considers revisions to the position.

Dr. Lever held the position for 13 years, according to the Sun. Yale Stenzler, Lever’s predecessor held the position for 22 years.

Members of the  Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC) include:

  1. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon,
  2. Secretary of Planning David Craig,
  3. Secretary of General Services Gail Bassette,
  4. former State Senator Barbara Hoffman, and
  5. former State Delegate John Bohanan.

The Baltimore Sun interviewed Barbara Hoffman about the decision,

In other action, the agency decided to hire an interim director for eight to 12 months on a contractual basis when Lever retires. Former state Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, a committee member, said a legislative commission is studying the structure and mission of the agency and could recommend changes that affect the executive director’s job.

Hoffman said the interim hire would fill that position through the 2017 legislative session. She said it would be unfair to hire a permanent director when the legislature might change the job description next year.

For more information, see Maryland official proposes drastically cutting back public school inspections, from the Baltimore Sun, and read the agenda from the IAC June 15 meeting.