Two top administrators for Maryland’s second-largest school system were removed from their jobs Thursday for using school funds to make an unauthorized payment to the former head of human resources after she resigned, according to school officials with direct knowledge of the firings.
Roger C. Thomas, the general counsel for the Prince George’s County school system, and Matthew E. Stanski, its chief financial officer, were dismissed after it was discovered that former human resources director Synthia J. Shilling received a six-figure check after her August resignation, said the officials, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak about the firings.
Neither Thomas nor Stanski responded to repeated efforts to reach them for comment.
The dismissals came after board members met in two executive sessions over the past week to discuss legal and personnel matters. On Thursday, the board called an emergency executive session.
Briant Coleman, a spokesman for the school system, would not confirm Thomas’s and Stanski’s employment status or details surrounding the firings. He released a statement saying that personnel matters are confidential.