White’s term ex­tended to new school year

The Avenue News - - NEWS - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

With a 9-2 vote, the Bal­ti­more County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion voted to ex­tend in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent Ver­letta White’s term into the up­com­ing school year dur­ing a meet­ing on Tues­day, July 10.

White was ap­pointed unan­i­mously by the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion as in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent in May of 2017, fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. S. Dal­las Dance that April.

The con­tact’s text, pub­lished on the BCPS web­site, de­tails that White will be get­ting $273,000 for a 12-month work year, along with a BCPS-owned au­to­mo­bile for pro­fes­sional and per­sonal use and paid travel.

The con­tract states that as in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent, White “shall not en­gage in out­side ac­tiv­i­ties that in any man­ner in­ter­feres with the per­for­mance of her du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as Su­per­in­ten­dent, with­out ad­vance writ­ten ap­proval of the Board. The doc­u­ment con­tin­ues, say­ing that she can­not “ac­cept any earned in­come from any source other than the Board...”

The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion voted to per­ma­nently in­stall White in April 2018 de­spite an ethics re­view panel find­ing that White vi­o­lated ethics rules re­gard­ing fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure of con­sult­ing fees which found that two of six al­le­ga­tions of vi­o­la­tions were valid.

The panel said White vi­o­lated dis­clo­sure rules by not re­port­ing out­side pay­ments from Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search & De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute (ERDI) for four years and by par­tic­i­pat­ing “in her ca­pac­ity as a school of­fi­cial.” At the panel’s rec­om­men­da­tion, White was or­dered to amend the forms and end any as­so­ci­a­tion and part­ner­ship with ERDI.

The ethics vi­o­la­tions caused Mary­land State Su­per­in­ten­dent Karen Sal­mon to block this ap­point­ment in an un­prece­dented move in May. How­ever, Sal­mon had said she would ap­prove a sec­ond in­terim term for White which the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved last month.

“On Thurs­day, June 7, 2018, the Board voted to of­fer me the op­por­tu­nity to serve as in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent for the 20182019 school year. Af­ter a great deal of de­lib­er­a­tion and in con­sul­ta­tion with my fam­ily, I be­lieve the re­spon­si­ble de­ci­sion is to ac­cept the Board’s of­fer. I am grate­ful for the Board’s con­tin­ued con­fi­dence in my lead­er­ship,” said White fol­low­ing the vote.

Her term of­fi­cially be­gan on July 1, 2018 and will ex­tend to June 30, 2019. This fi­nal con­tract al­lows White to re-ap­ply for the per­ma­nent su­per­in­ten­dent’s post on July 1, 2019.

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