A high-ranking Baltimore County school administrator who has been in his job for a decade was removed last week and reassigned to a position in human resources.
Bill Lawrence, the assistant superintendent for the northwestern area of the county, confirmed that he was "reassigned," but would not comment on why the sudden move was made. "I am privileged to continue serving the children and educators of Baltimore County," said Lawrence, who started his new job Monday.
The school district administration declined to comment on the move. "We can't respond to personnel questions," said Phyllis Reese, a spokeswoman for the county schools.
An appointment to the assistant superintendent position, which includes overseeing principals, is usually approved by the school board, but that action has not taken place in public session.
Kendra V. Johnson, the principal of Arbutus Middle School, is replacing Lawrence, and an assistant principal at Catonsville Middle School is moving to Arbutus, according to a letter written by Catonsville Middle Principal Michael Thorne and posted on the school's Web site.
Thorne, in explaining the transfer to the school community, said the promotion had been made quickly.
John Desmone, executive director of CASE, the union representing administrative and supervisory employees, said Lawrence is liked and respected and that it is surprising that Superintendent Joe A. Hairston, who usually makes such moves at the end of the school year, has done so now.