Baltimore Schools’ Spendthrift Chief Technology Officer Leaves for Dallas

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City schools chief technology officer Jerome Oberlton
City schools chief technology officer Jerome Oberlton

Jerome Oberlton began as city schools chief technology officer in March 2011. In his short tenure he has been criticized for his spending habits — including $250,000 on “new floors, furniture, light fixtures, electronics and interactive whiteboards” in his basement office and thousands of dollars charged to the district for an office retreat, a Fogo de Chao dinner, baby showers, and the like.

The profligate spending — particularly at a time when the system is requesting $2.4 billion for a 10-year construction project — was embarrassing enough for city schools CEO Andres Alonso to acknowledge that the expensive renovations were a “bad judgment call.”

Oberlton is leaving Baltimore, but he’s not being run out on a rail; he’s taken a job as chief of staff for the Dallas Independent School District, where he will make $185,000.



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