White’s term extended to new school year
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.