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School system releases salary of deputy superintendent.

The standoff between Patch and the Baltimore County Public Schools system about the salary of a newly hired deputy superintendent is over.

Bob Barrett, the school system's executive officer for community outreach, released the figure to Patch this morning.

The Baltimore Sun first reported Foose's $214,000 salary, but school officials refused to release the number to Patch, citing a policy requiring a written request.

Patch verbally requested the information on March 11 but declined to file the Public Information Act request on the basis that state law does not cover answering a question, and no document was being sought.

Government employee salaries are public by law and the state attorney general frequently advises state and local government agencies to release the information upon request, according to an earlier interview with Robert McDonald, a deputy attorney general.

Patch did not file a request to receive the information released today.

Foose began her job earlier this month and "hit the ground running," making visits to schools around the county, Barrett said.

"She's really out there grinding and working hard," Barrett said.

Foose was present today when County Executive Kevin Kamenetz delivered his first budget to the County Council. Schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston introduced her to reporters, including one from Patch, before the event.

John April 14, 2011 at 09:56 PM
A hollow victory since the information was reported by the Sun a month ago. Sorry, just sayin'.
John April 15, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Daniel is correct. I am greatly disappointed in the lack of influence elected officials have over the superintendent and board. The taxpayers are being taken for a ride and Joe Hairston is just shrugging his shoulders. He obviously could care less about the concerns of those who pay his very high salary. Just what or who motivates this man? Certainly it is not concern for the families of Baltimore County. More importantly, it does not seem to be our children entrusted to his care. It is time for him to go the way of Ms. Dezmon. Once out from the influence of these two, Baltimore County can begin to heal...Enough already!
Char Baber April 15, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Ok,....now $214,000 for a mere job when how many teachers are getting laid off??? Is there a probationary period on this position so that her results are reviewed and determined if she needs to be making $891.00 EVERY SINGLE DAY SHE COMES TO WORK??? If she only hit the ground running then I already want a refund---She should've had NASA jet engines in her heels.
Buzz Beeler April 15, 2011 at 03:37 PM
"Foose began her job earlier this month and "hit the ground running," making visits to schools around the county, Barrett said. "She's really out there grinding and working hard," Barrett said." The two quotes from the article qualify one thing and thing only, a guest slot on Bill O'Reily's No Spin Zone. The bottom line, the people voted for it!!! Don't you think that O'Malley is aware of this mess, and where is the leadership of Mr. Kamenetz? A trip to the woodshed is in order here.
Robert Armstrong April 15, 2011 at 05:18 PM
When they posted the job opening the position was only paying $194,000. http://www.topschooljobs.org/JobSeekerX/ViewJobRSS.asp?cjid=37614&AccountNo=86327

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