The Maryland Office of Legislative Audits released their 6 year audit of Calvert County Public Schools last week. In that audit, the auditors flagged five contracts that were approved by then Superintendent Jack R. Smith.
April 22, 2015, coverage of Superintendent Jack R. Smith's actions:
- July 20, 2016, audit of Calvert County Public Schools:
Personal service contracts that provided unique employment benefit packages for five executive employees were approved by the former CCPS Superintendent without Board approval. Although the succeeding Superintendent, along with the CCPS Board, took action to rectify this situation, certain matters remain unresolved due to pending legal and administrative proceedings.
Between fiscal years 2009 to 2013, 18 one-year personal service contracts were entered into between the former Superintendent (who left CCPS following the 2013 school year) and five members of his executive staff.
These contracts provided the employees with significant benefits in addition to their regular salaries
( for example, performance bonuses, additional cash-out allowances for unused leave, reimbursement of employee-paid retirement contributions and health insurance premiums, and additional CCPS funded retirement contributions), yet none were officially submitted by the prior Superintendent to the Board for review and approval. We determined that the value of the employee benefit packages these five employees received in addition to their salaries between fiscal years 2009 and 2013 totaled a combined $500,000. According to State law, the salaries and benefits of all school personnel are to be set by the local Board of Education...