Former Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance reported to prison Friday. Dance reported to the Henrico County Sheriff Office in Virginia to begin his six month sentence.
He pleaded guilty to perjury charges for lying on several financial disclosure statements. Dance led the BCPS for five-years before he stepped down a year ago.
The 37-year old dance abruptly resigned in April of last year from the state's third largest school system, offering no reason for his departure. He was in his first year of his 2nd contract—a 4 year deal, paying him $287,000 annually.
According to an indictment: Count I alleged that on his Financial Disclosure Form covering 2012, filed under oath in 2013, Dance falsely reported that he had no interest in any companies during 2012 and that he had no sources of earned income other than BCoPS, when in truth he owned Deliberate Excellence Consulting, LLC and was personally paid $ 500.00 by SUPES and $13,500.00 from Synesi.
During 2013, it is alleged that Dance was paid nearly $72,000.00 by Deliberate Excellence Consulting, for services rendered by Dance to Synesi, City of Providence Public Schools and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Education Services. Count II alleges that on August 29, 2016, Dance amended his 2013 Financial Disclosure Statement, filing an addendum under oath stating that he earned no income from Deliberate Excellence Consulting during 2013.
It is alleged in Count III that Dance continued to own Deliberate Excellence Consulting, LLC, and personally had income of about $12,000.00 from other entities, yet reported under oath on his 2015 Financial Disclosure Statement, file in April, 2016, that he had no business ownership, and that he had no sources of earned income other than BCoPS and “DEC, LLC”.
Finally, Count IV alleges that in August, 2016, Dance amended his Financial Disclosure filing for 2015 by filing an addendum under oath stating that he earned nothing from Deliberate Excellence, LLC in 2015 although he received about $47,000.00 for services rendered by him through the company.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Parents of Baltimore County Public students should be able to trust that their Superintendent of Schools is carrying out his duties, honestly, with transparency and in the best interests of the students and the schools. Any violation of that trust is intolerable.”