Schools' financial director to retire

January 10, 1995|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

The prospect of shepherding a 25th budget through the system was too much for the Anne Arundel County schools' chief financial officer, who will retire at the end of this week.

"It just seemed to be more than I could bear to go through another budget cycle," said Jack White, who has been acting financial director for about a year and a half. "I'm old and tired."

Mr. White, 55, joined the county school system 32 years ago as an auditor. In 1971 he switched to budget work, under Adrian Teel, the school system's chief financial officer. Mr. White replaced Mr. Teel in 1980, when Mr. Teel became chief administrative officer on the staff of O. James Lighthizer, then the county executive.

"My time with the system is long," Mr. White said. "I just felt this was a good time."

Dorothy Chaney, a school board member for 10 years, said the school system "will feel the loss."

"I think there's no one in Anne Arundel County who knows the budget like Jack White," she said. "He definitely will be missed. If he didn't know the answer, he could locate it within minutes. Half the job is knowing where to find the information you need."

Greg Nourse, a county budget analyst, said Mr. White's retirement comes at a bad time for the school board, which is beginning to prepare its budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. "It won't be easy, but I'm sure they'll handle it," he said.

The school board's budget must be submitted to County Executive John G. Gary by March 1.

Superintendent Carol S. Parham is scheduled to make her fiscal recommendations to the school board later this month.

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