Schools officially appoint CEO

Alonso expected to sign contract to lead

June 27, 2007|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,sun reporter

city system this week Baltimore's school board officially appointed Andres Alonso the new chief executive officer of the city schools last night, but they declined to provide any specifics of his contract, including his salary.

The school system spokeswoman said a copy of Alonso's contract will be available after it is signed by both parties, likely by the end of this week.

Alonso, the deputy chancellor of New York City schools, will return to Baltimore to sign the contract in a few days, the spokeswoman said. His appointment is effective Sunday.

Officials also declined to provide any details of a contract the board approved last night with the union representing principals and other administrators.

Contracts approved by the board in open session are public documents, but officials said they would not release the union contract until after the membership votes to ratify it.

A union vote is scheduled for tomorrow night.

Alonso's appointment was one of dozens of personnel changes the board voted on collectively.

The board approved the personnel agenda 6-1, with member Maxine Wood opposed and members Jerrelle Francois and Robert Heck absent. In announcing Alonso as the next CEO earlier this month, board members said they were unanimous in their decision to hire him.

Alonso replaces Charlene Cooper Boston, who has served as interim CEO since Bonnie Copeland stepped down last year.

sara.neufeld@baltsun.com

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