|Release Date: 6/27/2012||Contact: Regina Holmes, 410-887-4243 Phyllis T. Reese, 410-887-5908|
Who: Dr. Joe A. Hairston, superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools What: Retirement Celebration Where: Valley Mansion 594 Cranbrook Road Cockeysville, MD 21030 When: Friday, June 29, 6-9 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m.) Background: Dr. Hairston is retiring from Baltimore County Public Schools after serving as superintendent for 12 years. His tenure is among the longest in the modern-day history of the school system. Under his leadership, Baltimore County Public Schools has achieved stellar success in test scores, academic achievement, graduation rates and system-wide recognition. His illustrious career in education spans 43 years. Colleagues, elected officials, business and community leaders, and friends will gather Friday at his Retirement Celebration to honor him for his outstanding leadership as a renowned educator and superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. Invited guests include Rep. C.A. “Dutch" Ruppersberger; Sen. Katherine Klausmeier, chair, Baltimore County Senate Delegation; Sen. Ulysses Currie; Dr. Lillian Lowery, incoming superintendent, Maryland State Department of Education; former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith; and John J. Oliver, CEO and publisher, Afro-American Newspapers.