Former BCPS su­per­in­ten­dent un­der state investigation

Dance re­signed from BCPS in April

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Dr. S. Dal­las Dance, former su­per­in­ten­dent of Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools, is un­der state investigation for his role with Illi­nois-based ed­u­ca­tional train­ing com­pany SUPES Academy, ac­cord­ing to the Bal­ti­more Sun and other sources.

Dance an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion sud­denly in April, cit­ing no rea­son for his de­par­ture and leav­ing no time for the school board to find a per­ma­nent re­place­ment. Ver­letta White was ap­pointed as in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent as of July 1.

Dance was hired as su­per­in­ten­dent of BCPS in 2012, hav­ing spent time as an ad­min­is­tra­tor in Hous­ton, Texas. He be­gan his ca­reer with two years of class­room teach­ing in Rich­mond, Va.

In 2013, Dance came un­der fire for a side-job con­sult­ing with SUPES Academy, an Illi­nois-based ed­u­ca­tional train­ing com­pany. Dance was forced to re­sign from SUPES after it came to light that he was work­ing with the firm even as they had a con­tract with Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools.

He again courted con­tro­versy last year when a BCPS ethics panel con­cluded that Dance had vi­o­lated ethics rules by fail­ing to re­port out­side teach­ing jobs on fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure forms.

While Dance had in­formed the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion about his work with the Univer­sity of Rich­mond, he did not note the work on fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure forms from 2011 to 2015.

Dance also failed to re­port the cre­ation of a lim­ited li­a­bil­ity cor­po­ra­tion, De­lib­er­ate Ex­cel­lence Con­sult­ing LLC, that he had es­tab­lished in 2012.

{span} For his part, Dance ar­gued that he did not re­port since the LLC was not ac­tive and had been in place for less than 14 weeks.{/ span}

The forms were later amended to in­clude the omit­ted in­for­ma­tion.

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Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Dal­las Dance an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion in April.

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