Dance found in violation of ethics code over consulting job.


Dr. Dance

The Baltimore County school board ethics panel has ruled that Superintendent Dallas Dance violated rules when he took a consulting job with a professional development company that does business with the school system.

School board President Lawrence Schmidt said Thursday that in light of the ruling, the board and Dance have agreed that he will not take any other consulting jobs as long as he works for the school system. Dance also said in a statement that he would be more careful to avoid conflicts.

The ruling stemmed from a part-time job Dance took in the summer of 2013 with SUPES Academy to coach Chicago public school principals, just months after the school board signed an $875,000 contract with SUPES in December 2012. Under the county contract, SUPES will train about 25 principals a year over three years.

“The ethics panel found that there was a violation by Dr. Dance insofar as his consulting for SUPES Academy,” Schmidt said. “In this case, Dr. Dance proposed a cure to the violation, and that cure was that he would not hereinafter do any paid consulting.”

Dance resigned from the consulting job in December 2013, the day public officials began questioning the arrangement, which some viewed as a conflict of interest. Del. Patrick L. McDonough, a Republican representing Baltimore and Howard counties, filed a complaint with the ethics panel, prompting the investigation.
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