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Hite, Prince George’s outgoing chief, leaves

The Prince George’s County Board of Education on Thursday granted a request from outgoing School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. to be released from his contract early.

Hite’s last day in Maryland’s second largest school district is Friday.

Hite resigned in July to take a job as the school chief in Philadelphia. At the time, he said he would remain in the county until Sept. 30 to ensure that there was a smooth transition. Since mid-July he has split his time between Prince George’s and Philadelphia.

The board hired Alvin L. Crawley, a former assistant superintendent in Arlington, as interim superintendent about two weeks ago. Crawley’s first day in his new job was on Tuesday.

Verjeana Jacobs (District 5), the chairwoman of the board, said the board felt confident with the arrival of Crawley in granting Hite’s request.

“We wish him well,” Jacobs said of Hite. “We want to thank him for his service.”

Jacobs said Hite, who still has a home in Prince George’s, may return for a board meeting in the future to say his final good-bye.

Hite, who will make $300,000 in Philadelphia, gave up $125,000 in severance pay, or half of his annual salary, to get an early release from his contract. Under Hite’s contract, he would have been required to remain in his job for 120 days — or until Nov. 30 — or forfeit his severance. Instead, Hite, who said he wanted to be in place to help with the county’s transition, stayed just over 30 days.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.



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