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Board appoints Dr. Darryl L. Williams as next superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools

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Posted at 7:46 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 08:30:41-04

TOWSON, Md. — The Board of Education of Baltimore County voted 8-4 to appoint Dr. Darryl L. Williams as the next superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools

"I am honored to have been chosen as the new superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, and I am excited to serve our students, leaders, staff, and communities,” said Dr. Williams. “I will focus on the needs of our students and staff and work to maintain a positive and effective learning environment for all. We have to continue to move our district in a positive direction and listen to stakeholders and students about our successes and areas of improvement and make necessary changes. Our students come first and our work as a unified team will positively impact the lives of the students in BCPS."

Dr. Williams serves as area associate superintendent of K–12 for eight Montgomery County Public Schools clusters. He also serves on the superintendent’s Executive Leadership Team and works along various work groups and committees to improve teaching and learning within the Montgomery County Public Schools system. Before his recent positions, Dr. Williams was the associate superintendent of 38 middle schools for two years and was the community superintendent for the Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, and Watkins Mill clusters for two years.

Dr. Williams will be replacing Interim Superintendent Verletta White as he is expected to assume the position effective July 1, 2019.

Interim Superintendent Verletta White issued the following statement following the recent announcement made by the Board.

Serving the children of Baltimore County has been the greatest honor of my professional life. I am grateful to have worked with dedicated educators, staff, and community members for the past 24 years. While I am disappointed in the Board’s final decision, I am appreciative of their consideration.
I would like to congratulate Dr. Darryl L. Williams on his appointment. In the coming months, I will work closely with him to ensure a smooth transition and to continue supporting the school system that I love so dearly.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski also released a statement on Dr. Williams appointment.

I want to congratulate Dr. Williams on his appointment as superintendent. With growing enrollment, increasing diversity, and existing capacity shortages to address, BCPS faces considerable challenges in the coming years. Dr. Williams brings a wealth of experience to the job, and I look forward to working with him to move Baltimore County Public Schools forward and ensure we are providing Baltimore County’s children with the best education possible. I also want to thank Ms. Verletta White for her years of dedicated service to our children, our schools, and our communities. Every educator touches the lives of countless students, and Ms. White is no different – our school system is better because of her service.

The next step is the approval of the State's Superintendent.