—– By: Ann Costantino —–
A five-page separation agreement, signed on Monday by outgoing interim Superintendent Verletta White, and obtained by The Baltimore Post through a Maryland Public Information Act request, show details about the longtime education leader’s one-year agreement with Baltimore County schools as she shifts to a consulting position under incoming permanent superintendent, Darryl L. Williams, whose job leading the district begins on July 1.
As consultant, White will earn a one year salary of $232,709, roughly $40,000 less than she earned as interim superintendent during the previous school year. She will also receive full medical, vacation and retirement benefits, as well as annual stipends for auto at $8,772 and $2,028 for her cell phone.
According to the document, all benefits are consistent with what White would have have earned as chief academic officer, had she returned to the position. T
After school board members voted 8-4 last month for Williams, a Montgomery County schools’ area associate superintendent and 30-year educator, White was permitted to either return to her previous position as the district’s chief academic officer or find another position within the school district for one year, per an agreement signed in July 2018 by the leadership of the previous school board.
Instead, White was hired as a consultant. But as part of the agreement, the school board and White had to agree to several terms:
One that she would not return to the system as its chief academic officer, a position she held for four years before taking the helm in 2017 as the system’s interim leader. Both White and the school board agreed that her return to the position would confuse school administration.
White is also required to offer a voluntary resignation letter from the one-year consulting position, with an effective date of June 30, 2020.
But any discussions leading up to the agreement will remain confidential, according to the document.
As part of the separation agreement, the school board and White agreed that the “terms, amount, and negotiations leading to (the agreement) shall be kept strictly confidential, to the extent allowed by law.”
As consultant, White will provide consultative services on matters related to the recruitment and retention of teachers, particularly in high-need areas such as special education, mathematics, science, and teachers of students who are learning English as a second language.
Superintendent Williams will work with White to outline the scope of work and will receive reports from her on a quarterly basis.
As part of the agreement, White also agreed to forego any lawsuits against the school board, and both the board and White agreed not to disparage or defame each other in any forum or to any person or entity.
Although required to submit a letter of resignation in advance of the conclusion of her one-year consulting position, the agreement also states that White would be eligible for rehire at Baltimore County schools.
White’s new position will begin on July 1.
Correction: 6/26/19 at 12:55pm – A previous version of this story stated erroneously that interim Superintendent Verletta White worked previously for five years as Baltimore County schools’ chief academic officer. White actually worked for four years in that capacity. This story has been updated to reflect the correction.