Harford School Board Makes Decision on New Superintendent

The school system contracted an outside agency to facilitate its search for a new superintendent and said the choice quickly became clear.

Barbara Canavan at a recent ceremony honoring Aberdeen High School, where
Barbara Canavan at a recent ceremony honoring Aberdeen High School, where
The Harford County Board of Education appointed Barbara P. Canavan to a four-year term as superintendent Monday during its business meeting, according to a statement from Harford County Public Schools.

Canavan has been serving as interim superintendent since July 1, 2013, when former superintendent Robert Tomback departed.

Until her term begins July 1, 2014, Canavan will stay on as interim superintendent.

The school system conducted focus groups and contracted an outside agency to facilitate its search for a new superintendent.

"Feedback gathered from the focus groups, as well as an online public survey, indicated resounding support for Mrs. Canavan, and the board agreed there was no need to continue an expensive and time-consuming search for outside candidates," according to the statement.

“She has dedicated more than 40 years of exemplary service to our school system, and the board and I are completely confident in her ability to move our school system forward," Harford Board of Education President Nancy Reynolds said. "We look forward to continuing to work with her as our superintendent of schools."

Canavan and the board will hold a press conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the A. A. Roberty Building in Bel Air to announce the appointment. 

“I am deeply honored to be presented with the privilege of serving the students and the Harford County Public School community,” Canavan said. “I will work diligently to foster a culture of mutual trust and respect among all constituents and community leaders. I vow never to lose sight of the fact that each and every decision, no matter how small, is integral to creating a legacy of opportunity for our children.”

Related: Harford Schools Name 40-Year Veteran as Interim Superintendent

Becky Z February 24, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Bob Allen February 25, 2014 at 10:33 AM
It's about time Harford County got smart enough to see the quality of the staff they already had and got over the fascination with "outside talent." There are reasons individuals move up the ranks and stay with an organization over a career. There are also reasons individuals change jobs every five years or so. HCPS's experiences with past superintendents must have taught them something.
Barbara Snyder February 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Seriously!?! The school system had to pay an outside agency to verify the decision they virtually made years ago when Canavan was groomed for this position with her appointment as Middle School Supervisor. That middle school position was miraculously no longer needed once she was given her interim position. Obviously the BOE knew where she was headed. Why the game playing? Why the money wasting? Why the lousy teacher salaries?


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