As Prince George's County Public Schools Superintendent William R. Hite moves onto his new job with a Philadelphia school district, a long process begins for the county's school board and residents as they search for a new leader.
The Board of Education (BOE) will begin hosting "Moving Forward" forums around the county, where they can talk to school principals, parents and community members in each district about the search process.
The first meetings are set to be held in Capitol Heights on Aug. 16 and Bowie on Aug. 21.
According to PGCPS' superintendent search webpage, a new superintendent is not set to be selected until Spring 2013.
The BOE released a letter in July, discussing the search process in brief and also sharing how parents and the public can share their input.
Our goal is to ensure that the public receives regular communication regarding our progress. We will seek input from all of our constituents for candidate nominations and input on the future of PGCPS. We have established a website, email and other communication tools that will be used to provide the most up-to-date information on the search process.
Hite's last day is set to be Sept. 30, after which the interim superintendent will guide the school system through most of the upcoming school year. The interim superintendent is set to be named on Aug. 15, according to the BOE's timeline.
The school board has already started the process for find a search firm to help them narrow down the candidates. The board addressed the importance of the search in its July letter as well.
We know that this is a critical juncture for Prince George's County and we are committed to selecting a superintendent who not only represents our community’s interests, but can best respond to its needs. The search process will be transparent with meaningful opportunities for community engagement. You will hear from your elected representatives on this board at every stage of the process. That is our promise to you. Nothing less than our children’s education, their future and the county’s progress are at stake.
The meetings will be held throughout August, as more information becomes available, we'll add it to this post.
- Districts 4, 6 and 7 meetings will be Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Central High School. Interested parties should RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 13 by calling 301-952-6115.
- District 5's meeting will be on . Interested parties should RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 16 by calling 301-952-6115.