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Sources: Hairston Won't Seek Contract Renewal

Baltimore County schools superintendent's announcement could come as early as next week.

UPDATED (6:42 p.m.)—The nearly 12-year era of Joe Hairston as superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools system appears to be approaching an end.

Hairston himself, however, is declining to comment on the possible end of his tenure of the 26th largest school system in the country.

Multiple knowledgeable sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they’re not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, have told Patch that Hairston will announce he is not seeking to renew his contract. The announcement is expected to come possibly as early as Hairston’s report to the board at its Oct. 11 meeting.

Multiple sources also confirmed 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 is in the final year of his third four-year deal. His current contract ends on June 30, 2012.

A spokesman for the school system said he had no immediate comment.

Hairston declined to comment on his possible announcement when asked tonight by WBAL TV.

Hairston told reporter Tim Tooten "right now it's business as usual for Joe Hairston. At the appropriate time, we'll certainly make some further comments but right now I'm thinking of moving on and getting the job done."

Stay with Patch for updates on this story.

Diverse October 18, 2011 at 03:53 PM
To Stein: I haven't forgotten about the overwhelming spending and doctored expense accounts that he has been accused of. I believe he should be investigated if there's any truth to it; however him being a minority has nothing to do with why he stayed so long. It's pure politics. I know of an administrator in one of the Catonsville elementary schools who has been allowed to mistreat those that she supervises up to and including harassment and discrimintation without so much as a handslap. Guess what? She's not a minority. It's pure politics and has nothing to do with race.
Diverse October 18, 2011 at 03:54 PM
What does credentials have to do with with good sound morals and ethics? One can look stellar on paper; but what about his/her character? That still should hold for much in this day and age.
Diverse October 18, 2011 at 03:56 PM
I agree Cheryl. It is time to clean up the schools; but let's hope that the person who gets this job has good sound moral and ethics and not just great credentials. Someone who can be an excellent advocate on the education and politic side for our children. Let's hope too that the cleaning doesn't begin or end there at the top. There are some admnistrators who need to be cleaned out as well.
Diverse October 18, 2011 at 03:57 PM
And administrators... Some teachers are only as good as their leaders.
Diverse October 18, 2011 at 04:01 PM
I couldn't agree more Reader. I truly believe that many are just trying to pad their retirement accounts and it's not just Hairston. It's many of the administrators in the main building as well as in the schools. I know of one in one of the elementary schools who is allowed to mistreat those that she supervises and gets away with it. Downsizing or replacing some of these people would also benefit the system.

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