Prince George’s opens schools chief search to public

The Prince George’s Board of Education, which needs to hire a new schools chief, has launched a special Web page for the community to get up-to-date information on the search and a new e-mail address for anyone who wants to offer comments to the board about the process.

The Web page is www1.pgcps.org/superintendentsearch and the e-mail address is superintendentsearch@pgcps.org.

“The Board of Education is committed to providing regular updates to our parents, students, employees and community members throughout the search for a new superintendent,” said board chairman Verjeana Jacobs in a statement. “We welcome input at all stages of this process.”

Schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. quit his post last month, deciding to take a job leading the schools in Philadelphia. He said last week that he will give up $125,000 in pay to get an early release from his contract.

The board said Monday that it plans to hold community meetings with a to-be-named interim superintendent and the board of education in August and September. Forums will be scheduled in the fall to develop a “community profile” of the superintendent, which a search firm will use to identify candidates.

The board also issued a request for proposal to search firms, who will identify and screen candidates, on Monday. The bids are due by Friday, and the board is expected to select a company by Aug. 3.

An interim superintendent is expected to be named by Aug. 15, and the formal search is expected to begin in the fall.

The board said it expects to name a new superintendent by the spring of 2013. The new schools chief will be in place by July.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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