Decision on ousting Dyer from Howard school board might come after his term ends

Oral arguments in the Howard County school board's case against board member Allen Dyer ended Wednesday, with administrative law judge Douglas Koteen setting the close of the case for Sept. 6, the due date for final written arguments.

The school board on June 9 of last year requested that the state board of education remove Dyer, accusing him of such transgressions as breaching confidentiality requirements and bullying. The state board referred the matter to the office of administrative hearings, where 10 days of hearings began in May.

After the final written arguments, Koteen has up to 90 days to submit a recommended decision to the state board and both parties.

Judith Bresler, attorney for the school board, said that in some cases the state board will permit the parties to file objections to the recommendation. Then the state board would schedule an oral argument and later render its decision.

Dyer's four-year term in office ends in December, which means that a final decision might not be rendered before his term expires. He lost his re-election bid in the primary earlier this year.

"The state board may be faced with that decision, and I cannot predict what it might do," said Bresler, adding that the local school board's decision to oust Dyer occurred more than a year ago. "I don't think there was any thought that it would take this long."

Dyer said he was pleased to have had a chance to present his side.

"After 10 days of hearings it's been a relief; it's been a long ordeal," Dyer said. "I hope this type of case never happens again."

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