George Margolies has been tapped as chief of staff for Prince George’s County public schools by chief executive Kevin Maxwell.
Margolies, who has worked in a number of capacities in school districts throughout the Washington and Baltimore region over the past 35 years, will fill the newly created position Nov. 25.
He heads to Prince George’s after seven years as Maxwell’s chief of staff in Anne Arundel County. Since Maxwell’s departure in July, Margolies has been working with Mamie J. Perkins, the county’s interim superintendent.
“I don’t know anyone more capable them him,” Maxwell said Tuesday of Margolies. “He will be a real asset to me and my administration.”
In the new role, Margolies said he plans to be in charge of the legal, intergovernmental and public information offices. He will also serve as the liaison to the Board of Education.
Margolies said the responsibilities are similar to the ones he had in Anne Arundel, but they might change as Maxwell “carves out new ground” with the chief-of-staff position in Prince George’s. The state legislation that changed the governing structure for the school system calls for Maxwell to hire a chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chief of staff, chief academic officer, board liaison and “any other necessary executive staff.”
Max Pugh, a spokesman for the school system, said Margolies’s salary would be released after a formal announcement about his hiring.
Margolies served as legal counsel to former D.C. schools superintendents Vincent E. Reed and Floretta McKenzie from 1978 to 1989. He then worked in private practice as a consultant before becoming an assistant superintendent for compliance in Baltimore.
Before going to Anne Arundel, Margolies worked for 11 years as the staff director of the Board of Education in Montgomery County, where he and Maxwell met. Maxwell served four years as the principal of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda before being named a community superintendent in Montgomery. He became the superintendent in Anne Arundel in 2006.
In the past two months, Maxwell has also named a new deputy superintendent, legal counsel, diversity officer, associate superintendent, performance and evaluation officer, and director of human resources.
Margolies said he looks forward to being a part of the effort to improve the school system.
“I have an abiding passion for public education,” Margolies said. “My hope is that the team he has assembled is given the opportunity to succeed. I hope to be a part of that.”