—– By: Ann Costantino —-
In a surprise announcement at Tuesday’s school board meeting, Baltimore County school board members voted 8-4 on a resolution to appoint Darryl L. Williams, PhD, an associate area superintendent from Montgomery County Public Schools, as Baltimore County Public Schools next permanent superintendent.
Board members John Offerman, Russell Kuehn, Haleemat Adekoya, Julie Henn, Kathleen Causey, Rod McMillion, Lisa Mack, and Lily Roe voted in favor of Williams. Cheryl Pasteur, Roger Hayden, Moalie Jose and Makeda Scott voted against his appointment.
Williams, a native Washingtonian, will start on July 1, and will require approval from Maryland State Superintendent Karen Salmon.
Of his appointment, Board Chairwoman Kathleen Causey read a statement from Williams. “I am honored to have been chosen as the next superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools and I am excited to serve students, leaders, staff and communities. I will focus on the needs of students and staff and work at making it a positive and effective learning environment for all. We have to continue to move our district in a positive direction and listen to stakeholders 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 students in BCPS.”
From his bio: Dr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from American University. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. Williams was a member of the first graduating class at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in 1984 in Washington. He began his teaching career as a mathematics teacher at Banneker Academic High School from 1988 to 1994.
Of Williams’s appointment, County Executive Johnny Olszewski said, “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.”
This story will be updated.