It remains unclear what prompted two former high-ranking school officials transferred 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 the blog post 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 school board voted to approve the resignation and retirement, effective Aug. 1, at a Tuesday night meeting.
Patch previously reported 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.