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Hairston Confirms He's Done as Superintendent

Patch first reported the superintendent's departure earlier this week.

Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Joe Hairston acknowledged Thursday that he is .

Multiple sources confirmed to Patch on Tuesday that Hairston’s decision may have been hastened by the fact that the board recently voted to not offer an additional four-year extension.

Hairston wouldn't comment Tuesday to Patch, but he told The Baltimore Sun in an email Thursday that "I have always said that I would not seek another term. ... Twelve years is a tremendous run for any superintendent."

Cathy October 07, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Amy-Just because a word was misspelled does not mean the sentiment is not correct. (by many). Ed-he may have inherited one mess, but he has left a different mess. Of course he cleaned things up, he was in it to make "him" look good, and it was all at the expense of the teachers and kids.
John October 07, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Let's remember the mess he created as well...interestingly enough he put an English Teacher in charge of curriculum and she caused great destruction of the system as well as the reputation of the current superintendent. He should have steered clear of the nominally "retired" English teacher and focused on our children. His reputation for lack of transparency and cruelty is well deserved. He listened to and protected those who have caused the damage and consequently, caused the damage to his own reputation.
Stuart Merenbloom October 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM
As a retired BCPS teacher, the one thing that stands out in my mind about Dr, Joe is the year that the board of education stated that its employees would not get a raise and he sat idly by and said little, if anything about it.
Amy October 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Did you get to keep your job that year? And are you collecting your pension now?
Stuart Merenbloom January 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Now that Dr. Joe is going, I hope that the search committee will find someone who will not surround him/herself with a group of over-paid administrators who do little to promote learning as well as one who will not waste our taxes on high priced items that go unused (take a look in BCPS's warehouses to see unused text books and unused curriculum). I hope the search committee will find someone who will stand up to the "No Child Left Behind" mindset that wants schools to reach AYP and little more. I hope the new BCPS leader can put a spin on the word accountability to include parents (teacher's evaluations are 50% based on student progress.....if the parents do not care/motivate/encourage their students, how can the kids learn? Stuart Merenbloom

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