McDonough asks state prosecutor to investigate Baltimore County school board

State Del. Pat McDonough has asked the Maryland State Prosecutor's Office to investigate whether the Baltimore County school board acted properly when it gave the superintendent an increase in his pay and benefits package of $27,000.

McDonough believes Superintendent Dallas Dance's contract prohibits the board from giving the superintendent an increase in compensation that is larger than the teachers'. The board gave Dance a $5,000 raise as well as a $18,200 reimbursement for his contribution into the Maryland state retirement system and a larger payout for unused vacation days.

In addition, the board amended Dance's contract to prohibit him from taking consulting jobs after he was found in violation of the ethics policy. McDonough had filed an ethics complaint after Dance took a job with a company that was doing business with the school system.

McDonough said the board is seeking to ameliorate the loss of income from consulting jobs Dance had given up.

McDonough, a Republican representing portions of Harford and Baltimore counties, said in a statement that the board "has become a rogue, arrogant body completely disconnected from the people and even the law."

School board President David Uhlfelder called McDonough's statements "ridiculous assertions." He said the board had not violated any laws.

The board voted to amend Dance's contract at its last meeting but declined in public session to detail all of the changes, saying it would post the contract on the school system's website once it had been signed. But one board member discussed the details in an interview with The Baltimore Sun.

The state prosecutor's office could not be reached for comment.

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