City worker gets pension, seeks 2nd job Ex-coach Bob Wade left with cash bonus, enhanced payments

Baltimore schools court him

He would be paid about $65,000 if hired, as Amprey proposes

August 10, 1996|By Marilyn McCraven | Marilyn McCraven,SUN STAFF

Former Dunbar and Maryland coach Bob Wade has taken early retirement from one city job and has lined up a new city job, a shift that would allow him to receive both an enhanced pension and a new salary of more than $60,000.

City schools Superintendent Walter G. Amprey is working to create a position for Wade even as the school system struggles to balance its budget.

Wade said he left his post as superintendent of recreation in the Department of Recreation and Parks on July 30 after six years with the agency. If approved by the school board, Wade, 51, would become interim director of interscholastic sports for Baltimore schools. He then could apply to become permanent director.

"We're happy to bring Bob Wade on board," Amprey said.

"It looked like a perfect fit with his background in coaching," he said.

In the new position, Wade would be responsible for scheduling games, working with coaches and outfitting teams, Amprey said. He said the job pays $65,000 to $68,000 annually, "slightly less" than Wade's recreation and parks position, which records show pays $68,400.

It could not immediately be determined what his pension will be and when he will start receiving it.

Don Williams is the school system's director of physical education and interscholastic sports. But, as part of a recent review of curriculum and instruction matters, school officials decided one person should handle interscholastic sports, Amprey said.

"We decided that physical education and interscholastic sports needed to be divided up" because of their growing demands, Amprey said.

The interscholastic responsibility has become "really a big, full-time job," he said.

Amprey said he informed Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke of Wade's possible appointment. Schmoke could not be reached for comment.

The school board is expected to informally approve Wade for the interim position before school begins Sept. 4, Amprey said. And at its Sept. 6 meeting, the board would take a formal vote, Amprey said.

Wade would do the job on an interim basis until the school system could advertise the position and interview applicants to permanently fill the post, Amprey said. Wade could apply for the permanent position, Amprey said.

"I am very interested in pursuing that position," Wade said yesterday.

Asked why he decided to retire, Wade said, "I just took advantage of the early retirement incentive" offered to some city employees. He referred other questions to the school system.

Wade spent 11 years at Dunbar High School, leaving to succeed Lefty Driesell as the University of Maryland College Park basketball coach in 1986.

He resigned the Maryland job in May 1989, during an investigation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association of disclosures that members of his staff violated NCAA rules while he was coach.He joined the Baltimore recreation and parks staff in August 1990 as special assistant to the director and became superintendent of recreation, overseeing the city's recreation centers, and sports, athletic and aquatic programs.

Wade was among the 900 Baltimore employees who left as part of an early retirement incentive program designed to cut the city's 25,000-person work force without widespread layoffs.

Those who left by July 31, the first and most lucrative phase of the program, were credited with additional service, including a 5 percent payment bonus.

Under the program, a worker making $50,000 with 30 years' service would get a pension of $31,313 a year, an increase of about $6,000 over regular retirement benefits. Those figures do not include lump-sum payments for unused leave.

A city pension board official, asked to comment on Wade's retirement plan, could not confirm that Wade had retired.

City workers who took the retirement incentive face financial penalties if they return to work in a job covered by the city employee retirement plan, but the job Wade seeks is covered by the state employee retirement plan, Amprey said.

Pub Date: 8/10/96

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