On Friday, Prince George’s County superintendent of schools, Dr. William R. Hite, announced he has been offered a job with the School Reform Commission for the School District of Philadelphia.
“Despite significant fiscal challenges, our school system has made significant progress and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished over the last three years with the support of our school board members,” said Dr. Hite.
The Prince George’s County Board of Education released the following statement regarding Dr. Hite’s prending departure:
Dr. Hite has served Prince George’s County Public Schools with distinction over the last six years and it is with deep disappointment that we greet the news of his departure. He has led Prince George’s County schools with vision and innovation under financial challenges that might have broken a weaker superintendent. We appreciate the stability, progress, transparency and accountability that accompanied his tenure. The foundation for future success is firmly in place thanks in large part to his efforts.
Dr. Hite’s contract contains a 120-day notice provision. The board says it will work with the superintendent over the next four months on a transition plan to ensure a smooth start to the 2012-2013 school year. In the coming weeks, the board of education will decide on an interim superintendent and announce plans to work with the community on the process for selecting Dr. Hite’s successor.