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Members of the Harford County Board of Education have made their choice for the next school superintendent and will make it public today (Wednesday).

The board’s selection of one of four finalists, Carl Roberts, Franklin Till Jr., Raymond Bryant or Robert Tomback, will be announced at a 4 p.m. press conference in the board room of the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air.

School Board President Patrick Hess will introduce the new superintendent.

The school board’s official vote to hire the new superintendent will take place Monday evening. Following the board’s approval, the candidate’s name will then be sent to State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick for approval.

Each finalist has toured the county and met with community leaders and local media.

Roberts, 63, the former Cecil County superintendent who has spent 41 years in public education, including 23 in the Harford County system, was the first candidate to tour the county on May 20.

Till, 62, the former superintendent of the 255,000-student Broward County, Fla., school system, toured the county May 21. Till served as superintendent of the Broward County school system in Florida, the sixth largest district in the nation, from 1999 to 2006. He left after the school board decided to buy out his contract shortly after it rehired him.

Bryant, who has served as the superintendent for Elmira City Schools in New York for the last four years and also has 18 years experience as an educator in Maryland, visited May 27. Bryant, 58, was in charge of a New York school district with only 7,140 students and 14 schools, as compared to Harford’s 39,000 students and 53 schools.

Bryant said he resigned from his superintendent position in March to look for new opportunities.

Tomback, 58, who serves as the area assistant superintendent in Baltimore County Public Schools, toured the county May 28.

As the area assistant superintendent, Tomback said he is the instructional and administrative leader for 34 schools and about 25,000 students.

All four finalists were selected by the school board following an initial screening process conducted by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, or MABE, the outfit hired to assist the school system in a nationwide search for the next superintendent after the untimely death of superintendent Dr. Jacqueline C. Haas in December.

Of the 16 candidates presented to the school board by MABE, seven were interviewed by the school board, which narrowed down the search to the four finalists.

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