Renee Foose

Ousted Foose chiefs sue Howard County school board over alleged discrimination

Ousted Foose chiefs sue Howard County school board over alleged discrimination

Three top chiefs under former Howard County schools superintendent Renee Foose have sued the county school board, alleging that its members discriminated, harassed and retaliated against them for their political opinions and in two cases for being gay.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Howard County Circuit Court, the chiefs accuse school board members Cynthia Vaillancourt and Christina Delmont-Small of making homophobic remarks. They also accuse the full board, its former attorney and current superintendent Michael Martirano of harassing them for their support of Foose.

The lawsuit was brought by Tim Thornburg, the former director of staff relations; Grace Chesney, the former...

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