Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Prince George's County executive says he's dedicated to finding the 'best new leader' for public schools.
Following last week's announcement that interim Prince George's County Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Crawley would resign early, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is pledging to help find "the best new leader" for the school district. Baker released the following statement: “Over the past school year, the Prince George’s County Public School System has been in transition of leadership. I respect Dr. Crawley and appreciate his work here; we wish him well in his future endeavors. I will work with the Board of Education to ensure a smooth transition and offer my top staff and the rest of County Government to assist in any way possible. I want to ensure the parents, students, teachers and employees of Prince George’s County that I am…
Friday, April 5, 2013
One candidate withdrew earlier this week, and now two more have left the search process, leaving the future of the county schools uncertain.
Prince George's County Public Schools announced Friday evening that the remaining two superintendent candidates have withdrawn from the search process, citing an uncertainty in leadership as a reason. Alvin L. Crawley, the interim superintendent, and Harrison Peters notified the Prince George’s County Board of Education of their decision to withdraw Friday. Dr. Eric Becoats, another finalist, withdrew on April 2. The Board of Education issued the following statement: “All three candidates were considered for the position under the current PGCPS governance structure. However, due to the disruption that occurred with this process and the uncertainty of the leadership of the school system in the coming months, we accept and understand why …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The Prince George's County Executive is pushing for legislation that would put him in charge of the school system's budget and more, reports NBC4.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker wants to take a more active role in the county’s public education system. Baker thinks he has the solution to fix the county school system, and is pushing for legislation that would give him more control over the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) budget and superintendent hiring process, reports NBC4. "My proposal is an effort to make our schools stronger by using all the resources the County government has to offer so that our children and families have the tools they need to be successful,” said Baker in a statement, according to NBC 4. Baker told the news station that his plan would give the superintendent more autonomy and the school system more resources. Currently, PGCPS's …
Before the school board chooses, get a chance to meet the candidates slated to lead the Prince George's County Public Schools.
Parents, students and neighbors will get a chance to meet the three finalists for Prince George's County Public Schools superintendent Tuesday. Each candidate will host a forum for questions for 45 minutes starting at 6 p.m. with Eric J. Becoats, Durham Public Schools' superintendent, followed by Alvin Crawley, current acting superintendent at 7 p.m. and then finally Harrison A. Peters, Chicago Public Schools' chief of schools at 8 p.m. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Sasscer Administration Building, 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro. The public forums will be shown live via Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Channel 38; and http://www1.pgcps.org/tv96/. The school board will announce the new superintendent before July 1.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The candidates were selected from a national search.
The Prince George’s County Board of Education announced three finalists to replace school superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., who vacated the position last summer to become the chief of schools in Philadelphia, according to a press release issued by the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ (PGCPS) office of communications. Following a national search that produced 10 candidates for the job, the Board of Education (BOE) whittled the pool to three people: “We set out an ambitious timeline for our superintendent search," said board chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs (District 5), "and we are happy we attracted these qualified candidates.” The board of education hosted a series of community forums and town hall meetings to gather input from the…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Residents have until Nov. 20 to weigh in on qualities they'd like to see in a new superintendent of schools.
Parents, teachers and community members have until Nov. 20 to take an online survey about the qualities they think most important in the next superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). The survey gives respondents a chance to choose the eight characteristics most important to them from a few dozen options, and also gives them the opportunity to write out more specific and personal ideas. You can find the survey online here. Not into online surveys but still want your voice heard? There is one remaining superintendent search community forum scheduled for next week. Details are below. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. Whitehall Elementary School Cafeteria 3901 Woodhaven Ln., Bowie
Friday, August 17, 2012
A senior-level administrator from the District of Columbia's Public Schools will act as Prince George's County Public Schools' interim superintendent.
A 32-year veteran educator from the District of Columbia's Public Schools (DCPS) will serve as the interim superintendent in Prince George's County. The Board of Education named Dr. Alvin Crawley as the temporary replacement for William R. Hite, who recently accepted a position with the School District of Philadelphia. The announcement was made Friday, just three days before the new school year is set to begin. "I am excited to lead Prince George’s County Public Schools at this critical time,” Crawley said. “The school system has made significant academic strides in recent years and I look forward to helping students and teachers continue on that path. I will work with the Board of Education over the next few weeks to address immediate …
Monday, August 13, 2012
The Prince George's County Public Schools has officially begun the process for hiring a new superintendent by selecting a firm to help with the search.
A Rosemont, IL firm was selected to help the county's public school system find its new leader. The Prince George's County Board of Education (BOE) selected Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to help replace current superintendent William R. Hite, according to a release from the county's public schools. Hite resigned after he accepted a job as the new superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia. HYA will help find and screen candidates interested in leading the Prince George's County Public Schools. PGCPS worked with the executive search firm previously, the release stated, and the firm has worked with neighboring counties— Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel— with their searches. The board released a request for quotes …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The public can learn more about the process and contribute ideas to the school board.
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 …
Monday, July 2, 2012
William R. Hite bids farewell to PGCPS; school board set to appoint interim superintendent.
Prince George's County Public Schools will be on the hunt for a new leader, after current superintendent William R. Hite accepted a job offer to lead Philadelphia's public school system. Last week, Hite was named a finalist for the superintendent post in Philadelphia. On Friday, he announced his resignation in a letter to the PGCPS community on the schools' wesbite: After much consideration and consultation with my family, I have decided to accept an offer to become Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. This was not an easy decision. Together, we have shared many successes during my six years here. I could not have asked for a more supportive Board of Education, more eager students, or more dedicated teachers, …