by Jenna Bloom ’21
Principal Eric Minus sent out a letter on June 23 to the Sherwood staff and community announcing his resignation, effective July 15. Minus is accepting a new role as Baltimore County Public School’s Executive Director, Research and Data Analytics. His position will oversee an office that facilitates and supports the implementation of the school district’s strategic plan. The Superintendent of BCPS since May 2019 is Darryl Williams, who previously was an Associate Superintendent in MCPS as well as the former principal at Blair and Gaithersburg High Schools and Farquhar Middle School.
Minus explained in his letter that his new job will allow him to make a “greater impact on behalf of students and families all over the county.” He is looking to further engage himself at the district executive level, especially following recent events that have occurred in our country.
Minus came to Sherwood in 2018, filled with new ideas to bring Sherwood to the next level. He introduced the 5 Pillars of Excellence, Unity Week, and #OneSherwood. He hopes that he has “inspired, motivated, and compelled staff, students, and the community to view Sherwood High School as a PREMIER school known for ensuring equity and access for ALL students, promoting a culture of excellence, actively working to close the achievement gap, and addressing the social and emotional fitness of students and staff.” Minus also thanked the Sherwood community for their support of faculty, staff, and himself during these past two years.
Now, MCPS will begin the next steps to hire a new principal for Sherwood. The process for this includes an application, job-embedded tasks, and a cross-office panel interview. There are a long list of qualities that a candidate must have to apply, such as at least 2 years of successful experience as an assistant principal, a thorough knowledge of MCPS policies and procedures, and demonstrated competence in staff selection, training, supervision and evaluation. Minus’ successor will be selected so they will be in place before the opening of school in the fall.