The Howard County Board of Education has selected Renee A. Foose as the new superintendent of schools, according to the Howard County Times.
Foose had been serving as the deputy superintendent of schools in Baltimore County since April, 2011. Prior to that, Foose worked in several capacities for the Montgomery County School System, including as a teacher, director of school performance and assistant superintendent.
"She is our first choice, and we are so thrilled she said yes," French told the Times of the board's unanimous decision to choose Foose.
After contract negotiations and an official approval from the state superintendent, Foose will step into the position July 1, when current superintendent .
Residents first met Foose and the other finalist for the position, S. Dallas Dance, Monday night at two meet-and-greet events.
Foose said she would prepare for any impending budget difficulties that may arise if counties become responsible for some of the teacher pension burdens, by "engaging the workforce, maximizing individual talents," and putting people where their talents are most needed.
She added, "By no means do I support cutting anything that impacts classrooms or schools."
Meanwhile, that Dance, the other finalist in the competition, has accepted a position with the Baltimore County Public School System.
With reporting by Patch.com Editor Brandie Jefferson.