New faces in new jobs do not automatically make a public school system better, but the reorganization just approved by the Prince George's County School Board has an encouraging look to it. Clearly the board is continuing to work in good faith to achieve a greater degree of racial integration not only in its classrooms but also in its high-level management. In a unanimous decision, the board has approved an administrative restructuring that promotes several black educators to top jobs. The plan also is aimed at improving accountability among administrators generally -- with an emphasis on raising student performances.
Successes obviously will hinge on how well each administrator performs in this "corporate style of management" being undertaken by Superintendent John A. Murphy. The proposal calls for appointment of a deputy superintendent and -- this is the part to watch -- division of the county into six geographical areas rather than the present two. Six black administrators are being promoted to key administrative jobs, a move that follows an agreement between the board and the county NAACP that blacks would be promoted to some of these pivotal management slots.
What is significant about these changes at this point is that they are another solid indication that the county board and the administration are able and willing to look at their own resources instead of to remedies imposed by the courts. That is the same strength behind an earlier sweeping change in the system -- the introduction in the coming school year of magnet schools offering special instruction to draw children into new patterns of attendance.
The school board is moving forcefully and creatively to do what the courts couldn't, wouldn't or shouldn't -- and to do it better.