Howard school board member Dyer denies allegations in testimony

Howard County school board member Allen Dyer testified Friday in the case brought by the board to remove him, stating that despite being at odds with some fellow members he has "contributed to a better board of education."

The Howard school board requested in June 2011 that the state board remove Dyer in a resolution that accused him of such infractions as breaching confidentiality requirements, undermining the board's function and bullying.

Throughout the administrative law hearings, Dyer has contended that the grounds for dismissal are vague and without merit. On Friday, he responded to each of the assertions, beginning by denying he had breached confidentiality requirements.

Dyer also denied that his actions have undermined the board's ability to function effectively. And he dismissed the school board's assertion that he bullied members of the board and central office staff, adding that before the hearing he was unaware that some in the school system felt threatened or bullied by him.

"Actions I have taken that have embarrassed any individual, I am sorry for it and I apologize for it," said Dyer. "We have among the fellow board members numerous instances of strong disagreements and times of unanimity. But the fact that there is disagreement on the board should not be looked at as something that undermines the functioning of the board of education."

The resolution for dismissal pointed to the fact that Dyer has repeatedly sued the board (he recently filed a lawsuit against individual board members). Dyer denied an assertion that he was prone to seek litigation as a means of intimidation or if he doesn't get his way when the board crafts policy.

"That is inaccurate and the record speaks for itself," Dyer said. "There are many, many instances where I have observed wrong behavior by the board majority which I have not taken to court."

The hearings are slated to conclude Wednesday. Dyer's four-year term ends in the fall; he lost his bid for re-election during the April primary.

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