Baltimore County school board approves superintendent's contract

Liz Bowie
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Baltimore Co. Superintendent Dance to stay in district for four more years under new contract.

The Baltimore County school board voted 10-2 Tuesday night to give Superintendent Dallas Dance a four-year contract with an annual salary of $287,000.

Dance, who is now earning $275,000 a year, will not get any increase in pay over the four years of the next contract.

Board members said Dance has pledged to stay in the district for another four years. On top of the pay increase, Dance will get $142,000 in deferred annual compensation. The details of the contract were not made available directly after the vote.

School board member Mike Collins called the new deal "a fair and equitable contract." He said the four percent increase that he believed teachers would get annually are reflected in a four percent annual increase that is being given to Dance up front.

But two other board members voted against the contract. Kathleen Causey said the contract was a greater percentage than other school system employees are getting in one year.

It took the board months to come to an agreement on the deal, and members appeared to be continuing those negotiations until minutes before the meeting began, nearly an hour late.

The school board took its seat, and after whispered discussions, went back into a closed meeting.

School board member Ann Miller said she voted against the contract because she believed the superintendent was getting one of the highest salaries of any superintendent in the state while an ethics complaint says he's been moonlighting and traveling around the country.

Dance said earlier this week that he could not comment on the ethics complaint because he has not seen it, but that he would comply with any requests the ethics panel makes of him.

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