Sunday, April 12, 2009


The Prince George’s County Board of Education has named Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. as the new Superintendent for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). The Board made the announcement during a special meeting this evening at the Sasscer Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. The public was encouraged to attend and hearthe discussion.“The Board is in complete consensus in its selection of Dr. Hite as superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools,” said Board Chair Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq. During his tenure as Interim Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Hite has demonstrated that he meets or exceeds all the requirements the community has said they want in a superintendent. He knows our schools, understands our challenges, and has demonstrated his commitment to the children, parents, and community members of Prince George’s County.”

Board members had previously discussed launching a national search for a newsuperintendent, but the feedback from the community during public meetings on the topic underscored the immediate need for strong, stable, knowledgeable, and trustworthy leadership.

Dr. Hite joined PGCPS in June 2006 as Deputy Superintendent, working alongside former Superintendent John E. Deasy to bring reforms to the school district. He led major efforts to improve student achievement and instruction, including the Intensive Support and Intervention Schools (ISIS) program that provided significant support to schools most in need based on student and school performance indicators.

He oversaw a major reorganization of the school district’s regions into zones to reducecosts and provide more equitable support to schools. Most recently, he has worked diligently during difficult economic conditions to create an operating budget for the school system that continues to provide needed support for students, and is working in partnership with the Board of Education to garner community input on the expansion of choice programs and consolidation of under-enrolled schools.

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