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Baltimore schools CEO Alonso staying on for 4 more years

Andrés Alonso

Baltimore school board officials say CEO Andres Alonso will stay on for four more years.

Alonso signed a $260,000 contract on Thursday as his old one expired.

Board Chairman Neil Duke says the new contract was sensitive to the finances of the city, and leaves intact the salary Alonso was making under his previous contract. The new contract also includes a monthly car stipend of $750 and undetermined performance bonuses.

The renewal comes in the wake of significant declines on the Maryland School Assessments and Alonso’s announcement that several schools cheated on the tests as the city noted peak scores.

After decades of high superintendent turnover, Duke says the board felt that keeping Alonso was a symbol of stabilization for the city.