Schools' Carter won't get bonus or salary increase Contract unchanged for his second year


C. Berry Carter II, the superintendent of Anne Arundel County schools, did not receive a $5,000 yearly bonus offered in his contract for improvements in the school system, nor will he receive a raise in his $95,000 annual salary, school officials said yesterday.

The bonus, which can be awarded at the school board's discretion during each of the four years of Mr. Carter's contract, was tied to improvements that included intangibles, such as better staff morale, and some changes that could be quantified, such as improvement in students' Scholastic Aptitude Test scores.

The school system did not pay the bonus, school spokeswoman Nancy Jane Adams said.

Sources said the board felt that while Mr. Carter had done a good job, his performance was not outstanding. The lump sum is intended as "incentive compensation," according to the contract.

Because other school employees are facing a third year without raises, Mr. Carter won't receive an increase as he begins his second year as superintendent, said P. Tyson Bennett, the board's lawyer.

"There is no change this year in salary or benefits," said Mr. Bennett, who disclosed Wednesday night the portions of Mr. Carter's contract that are public record.

Mr. Carter signed the agreement in recent weeks, though it is retroactive to July 1, 1992. Then-school board president Vincent Leggett signed it last spring. No one would say what delayed the signing.

Mr. Carter could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Carter has been at the helm of the school system during a stormy year in which an elementary school principal was charged as a drug kingpin -- though charges were dropped -- and two high school teachers are awaiting trial on charges they were sexually involved with students.

Among the criteria for evaluating Mr. Carter's performance are improvements in communication with the community, in graduation rates and in standardized test scores.

Mr. Carter also receives $300 a month as reimbursement for business expenses and a term life insurance policy valued at $190,000, which is twice his salary, and a disability income policy. The contract does not have a buyout clause.

Not all superintendents in Maryland have contracts. But Anne Arundel's school board has had contracts with Larry L. Lorton and Robert Rice, Mr. Carter's predecessors. Mr. Lorton's was a much more detailed pact than the three-page agreement the board has with Mr. Carter.

The contract is for four years. Under state law, a school board can vote to remove a superintendent for any of five specific reasons.

Mr. Carter, who started as a teacher in the county 39 years ago, was named superintendent by the board a year ago. He had been serving as acting superintendent for a third time following the resignation in February 1992 of Mr. Lorton.

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