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Sources: New Superintendent To Reassign Top Schools Officials

S. Dallas Dance is said to have reassigned the heads of communications and human resources.

Two top officials under former Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston appear on their way to new assignments.

Chief Communications Officer Phyllis Reese and Assistant Superintendent of the Department of Human Resources Donald Peccia are expected to be reassigned from their current posts by , according to sources who spoke to Patch on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel moves.

Attempts to reach Dance and Peccia were not immediately successful.

When reached by phone on Thursday, Reese declined to provide much detail on her reassignment.

"I don't want to answer any questions at this point but I was not asked to resign," Reese said.

Reese faced criticism from state officials in March 2011 after failing to of then-deputy superintendent Renee Foose.

The reasons surrounding Peccia's move are not immediately known.

At a on Monday, Dance listed internal and external communications as one of his main focuses for the new school year. He said that efforts to "amp up" communications will be seen moving forward.

"The community deserves it. Parents deserve it. Our students deserve it, and our employees deserve that," Dance said at the round table. "It's making sure that you know what's happening good with Baltimore County but also what are those areas we're looking to improve upon too."

Charles Herndon, a school system spokeman, would not confirm the reassignments stating that he can't comment on personnel issues. Herndon said announcements concerning changes in school administration staffing would be made in later months.

Patch also requested the salaries of Reese and Peccia, which Herndon said he would provide at a later date. Unlike the school system, Baltimore County government lists the salaries of all its employees on its website.

Patch county politics reporter Bryan Sears contributed to this article.

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LT guy July 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Kudos to the new superintendent for easing Reese out. I dealt with her a few times. She did a poor job. I came away shaking my head at how she could have been chosen for the communications position.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT July 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Keep Dancin Dallas - get rid of that dead weight!!! Much more to do, but I like your start!!
JD1 July 07, 2012 at 04:09 AM
There are probably 100 more like these two who are pulling big salaries and have no impact. There's a ton of fat in the system that needs to go.
Bon July 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM
they need to get rid of the high paying nothings that sit and make decisions(some of the bad),but don't step a foot in a classroom. I give teachers alot of credit for what they do.All the money that would be saved by doing this could be used to benefit the kids.teachers spend their own money on supplies because the budget is depleted midway thru the year.they need to regulate the pay for the aids in the classroom,they need to be payed according to yrs of service and experience.A aid that is a new hire makes the same pay as a aid that has been in the system for 10 yrs ,and makes the same pay as a a cafeteria helper.Some of the money saved from the top people needs to go to the people that actually work to make a difference

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