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Details Surrounding Former Top School Officials' Departures Uncertain

Board of Education President Larry Schmidt said he was consulting his attorney to determine if he could discuss if payouts were offered to Don Peccia and Phyllis Reese.

It remains unclear what prompted two former by Superintendent S. Dallas Dance to leave their reassigned positions. 

Patch readers questioned if Assistant Superintendent of the Department of Human Resources Don Peccia, who was reassigned to a teaching job, and former Chief Communications Officer Phyllis Reese, who was transferred to distributions, were given payouts to respectively retire and resign from their new positions.

"Okay, so the real question with this: How much did it cost to get them to resign? I know this wasn't done for free. And don't let them tell you "we won't comment; it's a [personnel] matter," a Patch commenter who identified himself as Matthew wrote in announcing the departures.

When asked if payouts were offered, Board of Education President Larry Schmidt declined to comment Thursday afternoon.

"I actually got a call into the attorney's office to see if I can talk about that," Schmidt said.

Typically, compensation paid to school system and government employees is public record.

As first reported by The Baltimore Sun, the to approve the resignation and retirement, effective Aug. 1, at a Tuesday night meeting.

Patch that Peccia and Reese were set to begin their new assignments on July 11. Schmidt said it is his understanding that both had started working in the positions. Calls to the school system's media relations office to confirm this were not immediately returned.

Had the two stayed in their less-prestigious posts, Peccia would have made $158,652 annually as a social studies teacher at Woodlawn High School until his three-year contract expired on June 30, 2014, and Reese was slated to make $142,549 as a copy and print specialist before her two-year contract ended on June 13, 2013.

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JD1 August 10, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Does it bother anyone else that Peccia's "punishment" or "incentive to leave" was to send him to a Baltimore County HS? Woodlawn has struggled for year's after being sent a sea of excessed and poorly qualified new teachers. Why are we using schools as dumping grounds? Why aren't some of the best teachers being sent, with compensation, to our neediest schools? Until this starts to happen, it's business as usual in Baltimore County. Let's see if DD can man up and make some real bold change to help out kids - a Facebook page, twitter updates and architectural plans are a load of BS and a pretty smoke screen to cover up what's really happening in our most challenging schools.
mommaof sy August 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Unfortunately, it is politics, as usual. Incompetent teachers (and administrators) are moved around instead of being let go. And the persons at the top are being paid double and triple what the teachers are. It is refreshing to see changes from DD and I am hopeful that he will be able to clean up and listen to the teachers (me) and allow us to do what we do best, teach! The students need us now more than ever.
Evets August 11, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Balto. County pays $150,000 total to two former school employees http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/bs-md-co-hairston-contracts-20120810,0,6459347.story
Ron Burgundy August 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Where's the wonderful Meg O'Hare been lately, she's been awfully silent. This was her man, Joe (special contract) Harriston. When will you chime in Miss "watchdog"? Your silence is deafening.

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