we want your opinions

August 06, 2006

ISSUE:

The Anne Arundel County school board severed its ties with a Crofton employment firm last week after questioning how the $1.4 million, two-year contract would be used to rehire three retired administrators, skirting state pension regulations.

Board members also were concerned about the cost of using Human Resources Inc.

Superintendent Kevin Maxwell still plans to rehire former interim superintendent Nancy Mann, former deputy superintendent Ken Nichols and former director of student services Leslie Mobray. He said he will look for another way to do so.

Maryland law limits the amount its retirees can earn while drawing a pension, and Mann reached her maximum, $60,000, when she stepped down at the end of June.

She, Nichols and Mobray could be paid up to $500 a day for up to 90 days to do consulting for the school system.

YOUR VIEW:

Should the county rehire retired administrators to serve as short-term consultants? Is their expertise worth the cost? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.

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