Dallas Dance Resigns as Baltimore County Schools Superintendent

Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance announced his resignation Tuesday, effective June 30.

He gave no reason for the resignation, and a spokesman said he is not leaving for another job.

According to The Baltimore Sun,

In a statement announcing his resignation, Dance said he believes the school system “is in a better place today then when I first arrived. “To that end, I now transition to another chapter of my career where I will specifically use my passion for equity and access to a quality education to ensure it is provided to all students through school, district, and community leadership.”

Dance, 35, was in the middle of his second contract with the school system — a four-year pact paying him $287,000 a year — that the school board approved last year.

School board president Edward Gilliss said it is too late in the year to do a search for a permanent replacement who would have to take the job on July 1. By state law, all school superintendents in Maryland have four year contracts that must begin on July 1.

“I think we are going to have to look toward an interim [superintendent],” Gilliss said. Because most of the appointed board will be replaced in a 2018 election, Gilliss said, “We should think about how to plan in light of those realities.”

Gilliss said he believes the county “has been fortunate to have Dr. Dance at the helm…for the last five years. I am sad to see his tenure end.”

Gilliss said he did not give the board a reason for the resignation. “But I know the board will have the challenge of deciding how to replace Dr. Dance and to make certain BCPS moves forward,” Gillis said.

Dance continued to have the support of the majority of the board on most votes. However, in the past year, new appointees to the board have grown increasingly critical of his proposals.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz offered his own reflection, “In the last five years, we embarked upon a plan to build 16 new schools, 12 additions and multiple renovation projects,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We have increased our graduation rates. African-American and White students now graduate at the same rate in the Baltimore County Public Schools. And we have brought 21st century technologies to the classroom. We look forward to the next chapter of success for our school system.”

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