Dr. Robert Tomback was introduced as the next superintendent for Harford County Public Schools yesterday afternoon at administration headquarters in Bel Air. Dr. Tomback, who is currently an area assistant superintendent for Baltimore County Public Schools, will head up Harford’s system of approximately 39,000 students.
While the superintendent’s position was advertised at a minimum annual salary of $190,000, HCPS spokesperson Teri Kranefeld said terms of Tomback’s contract will not be released until after it is signed.
The Harford County Board of Education plans to formally approve the new contract on June 8th and Tomback’s appointment won’t be official until July 1st. But the announcement was the result of a five-month, nationwide search to fill a vacancy left by Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas, who passed away suddenly in December, 2008.
After being introduced by Board President Patrick Hess, Tomback said “It is an honor to be associated with Harford County Public Schools”, adding that he would do his best to move the system forward. Tomback noted that HCPS are “highly effective and efficient” and that such success “does not happen by accident”. He said his priorities would be to understand the workings of the school system and also “to continue the fine work that is going on.”
Dr. Tomback had high praise for Dr. Haas, whom he said he had met briefly, and he pointed to her 12 years of service in HCPS as “extraordinary” and a testament to her skills and dedication. Tomback said he would strive to be like Dr. Haas in terms of her dedication and commitment. And he said he would like to establish trust as Haas had done, beginning by getting to know the people here. But he also said unequivocally “I can’t be Jackie Haas.”
Thus, a new era has begun for Harford County Public Schools. And as Dr. Tomback noted, his first task will be to move as quickly as possible up the learning curve. So Dagger readers, here’s your chance to help our new superintendent get acquainted with the community of Harford County Public Schools.
Imagine a fresh start for HCPS…
Our school system is successful in many ways, which should not be taken for granted. So let’s talk about positive experiences and about what’s working and what should be encouraged and strengthened.
And since Dr. Tomback has also said “I do believe complacency is the enemy of an effective organization”; let’s offer some constructive criticism about the programs and practices in need of improvement.
And last but not least, let’s welcome Dr. Tomback and wish him well. Because we all share a stake in his success as the next superintendent of Harford County Public Schools.