The Carroll County Board of Education will meet with its attorneys tonight to discuss whether Superintendent William H. Hyde breached his employment contract by beginning a job in a school district in northwestern Montana before his Carroll contract had expired.
Hyde started working last week in Seeley Lake, Mont., as superintendent of a school system with 240 students, fewer than the number enrolled in Carroll's smallest elementary school.
The school board will meet with counsel in a closed session either before or after a previously scheduled 7 p.m. public meeting to approve this year's capital improvement program budget.
In Hyde's absence, the school system's two assistant superintendents - Dorothy D. Mangle and Vernon F. Smith Jr. - have been sharing the responsibilities of the top administrator. In addition, interim Superintendent Charles I. Ecker has moved into Hyde's office and has been serving as a consultant to the school system.
Ecker's nine-month contract with Carroll schools begins Friday.
Hyde, who is expected in Maryland next month to testify before the grand jury that is investigating management of Carroll schools, could not be reached for comment.