BALTIMORE (AP) — State lawmakers from Baltimore County are questioning the annual salary offered to a deputy schools superintendent who starts work next month. 

The Baltimore Sun reports that Sen. Kathy Klausmeier and Del. John Olszewski Jr. sent a letter Friday to Superintendent Joe A. Hairston, challenging the pay given to his deputy at a time when nearly 200 middle and high school teaching positions would be cut under a proposed budget. They also questioned a policy that requires requests for salary information to be submitted in writing. 

Renee Foose stands to earn $214,000 a year as the county’s deputy superintendent. She is scheduled to start next month. 

A school system spokeswoman said Hairston had not received the letter Friday and could not comment on it. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. Hildebrand Fairlawn says:

    Joe should retire completely – and let his $307,000 annual salary transfer over into teachers’ pay. It will only cover a few, but by paying the new Supe less, perhaps the entire budget could shift.

    I might also remind the Baltimore County Powers That Be that while the majority of kids may be in Elem. school right now, those kids will shortly swing into Middle school. It is cyclical, my friends. So who you lay off today, you will need tomorrow…..

  2. pigeon says:

    And just exactly what does a deputy superintendent do that Mr. Hairston can’t find time to do but should be doing it? I could think of a lot of things $214,000. could do for our schools and students. Don’t just question the amount, question the need for the job.

  3. pigeon says:

    Another question – just how much $$ is Baltimore City paying Baltimore County to bus in students from the city to county schools?

  4. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    OK, everyone just calm down and relax. They are just going to question the decision. They aren’t going to do anything about it. This would create change and nobody can stand for that.

    1. pigeon says:

      Got that right! They need something to do in Annapolis ’cause everything else in our wonderful state is just GREAT and requires no attention!

  5. Bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Joe Hairston is probably related to “Just walk away Renee” or he’s boning her. This guy amazes me in how he wromed his way into the highest office in the county for education. He acts like an aloof goof.

  6. confidential says:

    No what does not make sense is that they hire inexperienced unqualified indiviiduals who lack the necessary certifications to fill the position but they are hired based on who they know, and these individuals are overpaid and have no clue what they are doing. Then these people come in uneducated with what needs to be done and then they try to push out the critical staff who has been there for years doing the same job. And please note these clericals and teachers are underpaid.. yet these inexperienced individuals are paid hefty salaries to walk around and look dumb all day.. Not that is crazy..

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