Hite not sure he’d take the Philadelphia job, if offered

Prince George’s Superintendent William R Hite Jr. told Philadelphia officials that he’s not sure he’d accept the job of leading that city’s schools, if offered, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.(L) and Council member Samuel H. Dean(R) greeted students as they entered the new Barack Obama Elementary School on Aug. 23, 2010 in Upper Marlboro. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

“This is not a run away from something,” Hite is quoted in the The Philadelphia Inquirer, noting the accomplishments made in Prince George’s.

“It’s going to be a difficult decision,” he said of whether to stay in Prince George’s or take the position in Philadelphia - if an offer is made.

Hite has worked in Prince George’s, the second-largest school system in Maryland, since June 2006, when he was hired as deputy superintendent. He took over as interim chief of the system after the abrupt resignation of John E. Deasy in 2008.

Hite notified the Prince George’s Board of Education late Friday during a closed meeting that he was a finalist for the Philadelphia job.

In a statement released later, Hite said he had turned down other opportunities that had come his way. But “my wife, Deidre, and I believe this is an opportunity that we must explore.”

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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