State board of education to host virtual town halls on superintendent search

BALTIMORE — Next week, the Maryland State Board of Education will host three virtual town halls to obtain feedback from families, educators, administrators and community members on the state superintendent of schools selection process.

The town halls will be conducted by executive search firm Hazard, Young and Attea (HYA) via Zoom on the following dates:

Tuesday, Jan. 16: 9 a.m. 
Wednesday, Jan. 17: 1 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18: 6 p.m.

This outreach will help to inform the state board of education on the leadership qualities and attributes that Marylanders identify as critical for the role of state superintendent.

Jack Smith, Ph.D., a former interim state superintendent for Maryland, will facilitate the town halls on behalf of HYA and the Maryland State Board of Education. Smith also served as a superintendent of two public school systems in Maryland, Calvert County (seven years) and Montgomery County (five years).

More information on the state superintendent search process and the Zoom links to join the town halls can be found at

For those unable to attend the town halls, the survey is available to share thoughts on the next state superintendent, whose term will begin July 1 and continue through June 30, 2028.

The Maryland State Board of Education will continue to seek public input throughout the search process and will provide regular updates through the Maryland State Department of Education and state board websites,

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