The Virginia House of Delegates unanimously approved a measure today that would force the Prince William County School Board to make public its controversial contract with Superintendent Richard Johnson.
The bill, which has passed the Senate, would amend the Virginia Freedom of Information Act to specify that contracts between school boards and school superintendents are subject to disclosure under the act.
The Prince William School Board has maintained that the superintendent's contract is not subject to the open records act.
A Circuit Court judge, in response to a lawsuit by a teacher group, recently ordered the School Board to disclose terms of the contract. The School Board has voted to appeal that ruling.
A spokesman for the Virginia School Board Association said that most of the state's school districts that have written contracts with superintendents release the details of those contracts.
The spokesman noted, however, that of the 135 school districts in Virginia, only 35 require written contracts. The remainder hire their superintendents through oral agreements.
The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William), now goes to Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, who as state attorney general issued an opinion that such contracts were subject to disclosure.
Legislators say Baliles is expected to sign the measure.