Richard C. Hunter, who was officially put on notice Thursday that his contract as superintendent of Baltimore's schools would not be renewed, went to work yesterday still saying he hoped the school board would change its mind.
Dr. Hunter, who was out of town Wednesday and sick Thursday, encountered reporters during a holiday program at school headquarters on North Avenue. He said he would keep on working to the end of his contract July 31.
"When I make a commitment, I make it," he told a reporter. "It's not one I break."
Dr. Hunter broke both of his two previous contracts in places where he had been serving as superintendent. He departed Richmond, Va., with one year remaining on his contract. He infuriated Dayton, Ohio, by announcing he was breaking a five-year contract there only nine months into the job.
Reiterating yesterday that he felt he deserved a contract renewal in Baltimore, Dr. Hunter said that if he couldn't stay on, he would probably return to the University of North Carolina, where he never quit hislast job. Last spring, he extended the two-year leave he had taken by a third year.
"I intend to serve out the remaining seven months of this contract," said Dr. Hunter.
He also said he did not think it would be difficult to remain in control of the school system during his last months on the job.
Dr. Hunter spoke for about 10 minutes, avoiding criticizing Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who told the school board Wednesday that he wanted Dr. Hunter out.
"I've been a loyal soldier," he said yesterday.