School Board Cites Timeline to Replace Hite


The Prince George’s County Board of Education will use a search firm to find a candidate to replace outgoing Prince George’s County Public Schools Superintendent William Hite, officials said.

Hite indicated that he would stay on with the school system until Sept. 30 to ensure a smooth transition into next school year. However, that is a much shorter time span that the 120 days that he is contracted to remain.

Board Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs, who did not respond to the AFRO’s repeated requests for comment, told {NewsChannel 8’s Newstalk} that the board is working with Hite to make sure they’re able to find a capable interim superintendent to meet the school system’s needs.

“We want to make sure that we do our due diligence around searching for the interim so we’re making sure that the record that we leave indicates that the board has looked at the whole scope of the school system,” she said.

On June 28, Hite announced that he was taking the superintendent position with Philadelphia public schools.

Jacobs said on July 16 that Hite has recommended that Chief Academic Officer A. Duane Arbogast, Ed.D. and Monica Goldson, director of the high school consortium, be considered to replace him. Arbogast coordinates the school system’s instructional programs. Goldson works to unify the county’s high school programs.

Jacobs praised both for working with the school board throughout the process, but was noncommittal on whether either of the two would be tapped as interim superintendent. That decision is expected by Aug. 15, according to a statement from the school system.

In the long term, the board is reviewing search firms to assist it in finding the next permanent superintendent of schools. The board is giving search firms interested in being considered until July 20 to submit proposals. The board will make its selection by Aug. 3.

For the time being however, county residents will have to be patient with the process. The board said it may take as long as a year to find a permanent replacement for Hite.

“We wanted to make sure that we give our citizens a timeline, but we also wanted them to be a part of the process and that takes time,” Jacobs said on the televised interview.

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School Board Cites Timeline to Replace Hite

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