Judge continues to ask Dyer to move more swiftly in cross-examinations

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The administrative judge hearing the Howard school board's request to remove member Allen Dyer continued his repeated urgings Wednesday for Dyer to move more swiftly in cross-examining witnesses and save arguments against the case for when he is asked to testify.

The Howard school board last June adopted a resolution requesting that the state board remove Dyer from the panel, accusing him of such actions as violating confidentiality requirements and bullying school system staff.

Dyer, who is representing himself, continued to cross-examine board member Ellen Giles, who was among those who voted in favor of the resolution to oust him, for more than 90 minutes on Wednesday. He also cross-examined her for several hours Tuesday. Much of the cross-examination involved lengthy email correspondence between board members dealing with matters that relate to the board's request for Dyer's dismissal.

In several of Dyer's questions to Giles, administrative law judge Douglas Koteen repeatedly requested that Dyer move beyond certain questions, saying that some were rephrased versions of previous queries. He did allow a few of Dyer's requests to admit email correspondence and other documents as evidence despite objections of the Howard board attorney, Judith Bresler.

Giles is the second witness to be called to testify, along with fellow board member Frank Aquino on Monday. Board member Janet Siddiqui is expected to testify Wednesday afternoon. Every board member as well as some school system staff are expected to testify.

The hearing is slated to continue Monday and Tuesday. Dyer lost his re-election bid in last month's primary so his term will end after the general election. The removal request applies to the remainder of his current term.

joseph.burris@baltsun.com

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