Board approves 4-year contract for Marchione

March 13, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Marego Athans contributed to this article.

The Baltimore County school board last night approved a four-year contract for Anthony G. Marchione.

Dr. Marchione, 64, was named superintendent of the 102,000-student district last week. He served as interim superintendent after the board bought out the contract of former Superintendent Stuart D. Berger for $300,000 last summer.

Dr. Marchione already is forging more cordial working relationships than his predecessor.

Earlier yesterday, he briefed the County Council on his proposed budget in an atmosphere free of the acrimony that characterized previous meetings between the council and school officials.

Later, council members praised a school board bill designed to eliminate as many as 34 administrators through early retirement incentives.

Yesterday's briefing began when Dr. Marchione and George Poff, his lobbyist, went to Towson's old courthouse to meet with each council member on the unusual two-tiered school budget request for next year.

It is part of a new effort to mend relations with the council, whose members were angry and frustrated last year when several items they wanted cut from the education budget were included by Dr. Berger and the board.

Dr. Marchione said he wanted to give council members the chance to ask questions about his $623 million budget request now, before their formal review in May.

The council and County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III have expressed pleasure at the way Dr. Marchione structured his request, with a $598 million package of essential items and a $25 million additional tier of desired but nonessential requests.

At yesterday's work session, council members had little except praise for the school board's bill that would permit a limited early retirement incentive to eliminate central office administrative jobs by July 1 and save more than $1 million a year.

Pub Date: 3/13/96

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