Foose will be moving from the neighboring
According to the state’s Department of Assessments and Taxation website, she currently lives in a 1,531-square-foot, single-family home on .27 acres in New Market.
The house is two stories and has a basement, according to the site.
Queries with a few local moving companies found that the cost of moving household items from a house that size — without knowing specifically the amount of furniture — would range from about $1,400 to $2,000.
But Howard school officials said Friday that the relocation amount is for whatever costs are involved in moving from a home in
Howard school board vice chair Frank Aquino said, "She will have to provide documentation to the board for review and approval. If it’s related to the relocation we’re going to pay it."
Aquino did not say whether the money could cover expenses toward the purchase of a home. "I can’t tell you the entire universe of expenses that she might deem to be related to her relocation," Aquino said. "If she believes they’re related to her relocation, she’ll submit them and the board will either accept them, reject them or come to some arrangement."
Houses in Howard County do cost more than in Frederick. According to city-data.com, the mean price for detached houses in Howard County in 2009 was $524,899. The mean price for detached houses in
Foose could not be reached for comment.
Lillian Lowery, the Delaware school superintendent who was recently chosen for the top education job in Maryland and will be moving here, is being given up to $5,500 in moving expenses. Her contract states that "upon submission of required expense reports and proper receipts the superintendent shall receive a payment for reasonable moving, storage, and temporary housing expenses not to exceed $5,500."
Other superintendents have received similar relocation costs as Foose, but they were for out-of-state moves.
According to the
In Santa Clara County, Calif., the school board reportedly approved a deal last month for new Superintendent Xavier De La Torre that included $25,000 in moving expenses. De La Torre is currently superintendent of the Socorro Independent School District in El Paso, Texas.