Prince George’s County school officials announced Friday that Sept. 30 will be Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.’s last day leading the school system.
Hite, who announced June 29 that he would accept an offer to lead the School District of Philadelphia, will forgo a severance payment — about $125,000 or six months of salary — in order to be released from a provision in his contract that required 120-days’ notice before he could leave the position, said Briant Coleman, spokesman for Prince George’s County schools. Sept. 30 is 80 days from Hite’s formal notice to the school board on July 12.
An interim superintendent will be named on or around Aug. 15 to work with Hite during the transition and to lead the district during the search process, expected to extend through spring 2013, Coleman said. The school board is looking at candidates both inside and outside the Prince George’s school system, Coleman said.
A website — www1.pgcps.org/superintendentsearch/ — has been set up to provide information and the school board will accept input from the community at email@example.com or 301-952-6115.
The school board will begin accepting proposals next week from search firms to find possible candidates to fill the superintendent position permanently, according to the website.
A series of community forums are also being planned to discuss the search process, school officials said, though they have not yet been scheduled.
Elections for five of the eight school board seats will be held Nov. 3 just as the search for the superintendent is getting underway, according to a tentative timeline on the search website. One seat is guaranteed to go to a newcomer, with Rosalind Johnson (Dist. 1) not seeking another term.
In the April 3 primary, three of the incumbents running to keep their seats came in second to challengers.
Chairwoman Verjeana M. Jacobs (Dist. 5), who faces a challenge from college student Raaheela Ahmed, said that the election could have an effect on the search process if challengers win the day.
“Will it have an impact on [the superintendent search?] Certainly,” said Jacobs, who has been on the board since 2006. “This is not the time for inexperience. We’ve been down this road before of finding a superintendent and having a superintendent leave. This is not a time for on the job training.”