City Ethics Board claims role in Mary Kay case

March 18, 2010

The Baltimore school system failed to notify the city ethics board of a possible violation in a case involving a principal who recruited teachers to buy and resell Mary Kay products. "We are still the administrators of the BCPS ethics law," said Dana Moore, chair of the Baltimore Ethics Board. "There is a requirement that we be notified if there is an ethics complaint. We were not notified." But Michael Sarbanes, director of community engagement for city schools, said the system handled the issue as a personnel matter and that no one filed a formal ethics complaint. "The ethics board is a separate board process [that] would be triggered by a formal complaint to the ethics board," he said. "We have to take action as we see appropriate." Janice Williams, the principal of Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship high school, was investigated by the school system after several Filipino teachers at the school said she recruited them to buy and resell thousands of dollars of products last year. Williams has denied the allegations and remains principal.

Liz Bowie

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