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Superintendent Renee A. Foose, Ed.D. portrait

Renee A. Foose, Ed.D.

Dr. Renee A. Foose made history when she became the first female Superintendent of the Howard County Public School System in July 2012. She was unanimously selected by the Howard County Board of Education to lead the school district with more than 50,000 students and 8,000 employees.

Superintendent Foose manages a $725.3 million budget, oversees business and instructional operations covering 83 schools and facilities, develops strategic and long-range objectives for the school system, and maintains partnerships with parents, businesses and the community at large.

Dr. Foose is credited with implementing numerous education initiatives aimed at closing the achievement gap and preparing children for college and the workforce. Dr. Foose is widely respected for her success in building collaborative rapport with stakeholders and union officials to implement reform efforts and increase teacher professional capacity.

Before joining the HCPSS, Dr. Foose served in various leadership roles in both Baltimore and Montgomery counties including deputy superintendent, associate superintendent, director of school performance, principal, and assistant principal. She began her career as a high school science teacher.

Dr. Foose received a doctorate of education from the University of Delaware, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees from Loyola University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University.


The Office of the Superintendent can be contacted at or 410-313-6600.

Superintendent's Corner

Engaging teachers will help vision 2018 succeed
Read Dr. Foose's open letter to the Howard County Community as the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close.
Special Message to Families: Tragedy at the Mall in Columbia
Read Dr. Foose's message to families regarding the tragedy at the Mall in Columbia and learn more about the supports available to students at school. Tips for families to help support their children are provided.
Dr. Foose Speaks Out!
The Teaching/Testing Disconnect in MD and the Release of the MSA Results. Teachers should not be judged on test scores that do not align with curriculum. Read article...
African American Roundtable Forum: Answers to Questions
The Howard County African American Roundtable held a joint education forum on March 14 featuring Maryland Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery, HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose, and Executive Director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University Jon Fullerton. The report, African American Roundtable Forum: Answers to Questions,pdf doc icon explores the state of academic achievement in Howard County schools, strategies for eliminating achievement gaps, and college and career readiness for every student.
Regional Listen & Learn Sessions with PTAs
During 4 upcoming sessions, Superintendent Renee A. Foose, Ed.,D. will meet with PTAs to hear about what matters most about their child's education. View Regional Sessions Schedule pdf doc icon
Joint Task Force on School Safety
Keep up-to-date on any new developments regarding increased school safety and additional safety protocols in schools and throughout the county. View Safety
5-year Strategic Plan
Keep up-to-date on the development of our 5-year Strategic Plan. View Strategic Plan
Listen & Learn Forums
During the months of October and December, Superintendent Renee A. Foose, Ed.D., met with staff and community members to speak about system priorities, answer questions and gather stakeholder input toward the development of a strategic plan.
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Dec. 5

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Welcome Video
View the Superintendent's Welcome Video. new webpage icon
Entry Plan

Renee A. Foose, Ed.D., presented her Entry Plan Progress Report to the Board of Education on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The report outlines the status of the 5 objectives named in Dr. Foose's 90-day Entry Plan and the steps she has taken in her first 8 months to move the school system forward.


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