The Prince George’s Board of Education is scheduled to meet in a closed-door session Saturday morning to discuss candidates for interim superintendent.
Each board member is expected to provide several names of possible candidates.
Those names will be discussed, then whittled down to three candidates. Their names will then be passed along to a search firm.
The interim superintendent is expected to be named by Aug. 15, and a formal search to permanently replace outgoing School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. is expected to begin in the fall. The interim is expected to remain in place until July 2013.
Several names that are familiar in the education community in the county have been floated in recent weeks as possible names that might appear on the board members’ list, including Bea Tignor, Alvin Thornton, Duane Arbogast and Jacqueline Brown.
Tignor, who works as a liaison to the municipalities in the Baker administration, is a former school board chairman.
Thornton, the associate provost for academic affairs at Howard University, served on the Prince George’s County Board of Education for seven years and was elected its chair three time.
Arbogast, the school system’s chief academic officer for the past three years, was recently named its acting deputy superintendent of academics.
Brown, a former chief administrative officer for Prince George’s government, served as the director of reform in the Howard County school system.
Bob Ross, president of the county chapter of the NAACP, said he is pushing for Tignor. “She knows the system and would make a great choice,” he said.