Contrary to speculation among politicos, a high-ranking member of the county administration has confirmed that Harford County Executive David R. Craig is not interested in being the next Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools.
Speculation had been rampant that Craig, a long time history teacher at Southampton Middle School and a career educator, was interested in the position. Being superintendent would approximately double Craig’s salary, and include a much more favorable benefits package. He would also have been able to be the leader of his former field, and education has long been one of Craig’s strongest political interests.
The hours the past superintendent, Jacqueline Haas worked, however, could double Craig’s work week. Haas was known for working long hours, and regularly spent 80 hours between her office, the schools, and in attending related meetings and activities.
The position, however, would require Craig to be selected by the Harford Board of Education. As County Executive, Craig has had several disputes with the school board. The county council is currently questioning the board’s decision to choose to construct Campus Hillls Elementary School at Shucks Road over the Red Pump Road site. A board member threatened to “fill the council chambers” with parents if the council tried to stop the project.
Craig was appointed to be County Executive when Jim Harkins, the previous executive, took an appointment to the Maryland Environmental Commission. Craig was elected to retain the office in 2006. There has also been speculation that Craig would run for Governor or Congress, but he will likely pursue reelection in 2010 for a second term.
Craig is currently one of two Republican County Executives in Maryland, and is the highest-ranking Republican in state goverment.