The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ruled against a former chief business officer for the Howard County school system who was dismissed by then-Superintendent John R. O'Rourke in September 2003.
Bruce M. Venter was fired after failing to inform O'Rourke, top-ranking administrators and the board that construction of Marriotts Ridge High School was off schedule. Venter sued the school system in 2003.
Before the Court of Special Appeals' decision, Venter had lost decisions by the Circuit Court for Howard County, the Maryland State Board of Education and the Board of Education of Howard County.
Current Howard County board member Allen Dyer represented Venter up until he joined the board last year, when he filed a motion to remove himself as Venter's attorney. Dyer said he would also recuse himself as a voting member should the board take any action on Venter's case.