Two school officials who had signed contracts with Hairston leave system

The two high-ranking school employees who signed contracts with former Baltimore County Superintendent Joe A. Hairston before he retired have both left the system.

The contracts would have paid the employees nearly a half-million dollars if new Superintendent Dallas Dance had fired them when bringing in his own leadership team.

Dance had reassigned Donald Peccia, the assistant superintendent of human resources, and Phyllis Reese, the chief communications officer, when he took over on July 1.

On Tuesday night, the school board approved Peccia's retirement and Reese's resignation, both effective Aug. 1, as part of personnel moves.

No details about their departures were made available.

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