Board of Education of Baltimore County appoints Verletta White as the permanent superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.
NEWS: The Board of Education of Baltimore County votes to appoint @VerlettaWhite permanent superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. BCPS graduate. BCPS teacher. BCPS principal. BCPS leader. And now, BCPS superintendent. pic.twitter.com/awCJj1YirY
— Baltimore County Public Schools (@BaltCoPS) April 18, 2018
The Board voted on the appointment Tuesday evening.
Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz released the following statement:
"I am delighted that the Board of Education recognized the importance of creating stability for students, teachers, and administrators. Superintendent White has dedicated her life to the Baltimore County Schools, and I look forward to continuing to work with her."
White has been the interim superintendent since Dallas Dance resigned in 2016. Her term will begin on July 1.
Wednesday, she visited Seneca Elementary School where she was once principal. Students and teachers lined the halls to congratulate their new superintendent.
White will be the first woman to serve in her role since the school system was established in the late 1840s.
"it means a lot for those women who have paved the way for me," said White. "I think about all of the little girls who are watching me and who are looking at me in terms of seeing themselves in me. So, if I can serve as hope for them, then I am proud to serve as that representative."
White said her focus is literacy and making the district number one in the nation when it comes to literacy.
"I want our students to be able to, of course, read, write, think, compute, and behave in socially acceptable ways. But I want them to be able to deal with the complexities of the 21st-century workforce and 21st-century requirements and standards. So we want to make sure they are number one when it comes to literacy so they are demonstrating their proficiency and they will be absolutely ready for college, and career and the workforce."
White began her teaching career in 1992 as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore. She joined Baltimore county as a teacher in 1995.