Dr. Dance resigns, 'there is more work to be done,' BCPS 'on the right track'
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Baltimore County School Superintendent S. Dallas Dance has resigned, effective June 30.
He is leaving his job just 15 months into his new four-year contract.
“This is a tremendous loss for our County and our students,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Dr. Dance and I have worked closely together over the last five years and achieved incredible accomplishments including increasing graduation rates for all students, narrowing the achievement gap and making huge progress toward providing healthy 21st century learning environments. I am confident the school board will recruit the best new superintendent to continue Dr. Dance’s legacy of providing a quality education for our students.”
Parents were quick to react.
Lily Rowe, a parent of three elementary school children said, "I think it's unprofessional to break a four year contract with pretty much no explanation."
“The last five years serving as Superintendent of Team BCPS have been the best years of my professional life. As I stated in my latest State of the Schools message, I have led this organization from my heart believing that we could move mountains, and while not literally, we have begun tackling some large complex issues, which will take us time, effort, energy, and commitment to realize its full impact. However, I believe our county and region will be better because of our strategic efforts to provide an equitable educational experience for all of our children.
While there is more work to be done; Team BCPS is certainly on the right track under the leadership of a phenomenal group of chiefs, top-notch school leaders, dedicated and caring teachers, and thousands of committed support staff all throughout our organization. I truly believe BCPS is in a better place today than 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.
Team BCPS is much bigger than any one individual. Therefore, the work continues, and the pride we have cultivated around our culture will deepen. I want to thank each and every person who has worked and supported us as we’ve strengthened incredible learning environments for each child in every school. I know the best days for Team BCPS are ahead, and I will always be one of its biggest cheerleaders.
My last day with Team BCPS will be June 30, 2017.”