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S. Dallas Dance

S. Dallas Dance will get the added time he hoped for to continue the reforms he began four years ago when he was named superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.

The county’s Board of Education at its Feb. 2 meeting voted 10-2 to renew Dance’s contract to lead the school district.

“The board voted to reinstate the superintendent for another four year contract and right now they are in the middle of contract negotiations,” said Mychael Dickerson, BCPS spokesman.

David Uhlfelder, a certified public accountant and board member since August 2008, introduced the resolution to renew Dance’s contract.

“I’d like to make a motion to adopt the following resolution: The term of the superintendent of schools of Baltimore County S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D., expires by law on June 30, 2016. Whereas Dr. Dance has communicated to the board that he is a candidate for reappointment as superintendent of schools; whereas the board has reviewed performance materials, deliberated over the course of time regarding Dr. Dance’s reappointment; and whereas the board has heard from public regarding Dr. Dance’s reappointment in writing, at board meetings and at a public hearing; be it resolved that the board of education appoints S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D., as the superintendent of schools for four-year term of office effective July 1, 2016 subject to the Board of Education and Dr. Dance entering into a mutually agreeable contract and further subject to the statutory mandated approval of the state superintendent of schools,” Uhlfelder read during the video streaming of the meeting.

After the voice vote, in which new board members Kathleen Causey and Ann Miller voted “nay,” the resolution was passed and was received with a standing ovation from members of the board and the audience.

Dance has been praised for his work in boosting graduation rates and for spearheading Blueprint 2.0, a five-year strategic plan for the county’s schools that includes bringing digital learning to students’ fingertips. The superintendent told the AFRO in an earlier interview that moving forward he wants to build on those reforms and to address issues around the gender achievement gap and equity, including disparate funding and unequal equal access to highly-trained teachers and high-quality courses in certain schools.