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Prince George’s BOE approves Crawley’s contract extension

Prince George’s County Interim Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley will serve until Aug. 30, according to a contract extension approved by the school board.

The Board of Education approved the agreement on June 4 in an executive session and publicly voted on it Tuesday night. The contract was released Thursday.

Under the contract extension, the school system will continue to pay full health benefits for Crawley through October, and he will receive six additional days of paid leave.

Crawley’s original contract was scheduled to end on June 30.

Max Pugh, a spokesman for the school system, said Crawley is being paid under the same compensation provisions under his original contract. Crawley’s annual salary under the original contract was $215,000.

After the approval of the state law that changed the school governance structure in the county, Crawley submitted his resignation and planned to leave on June 3.

Under the new law, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has the power to select the new schools chief, appoint three school board members and name the board chairman and vice chair.

Baker asked Crawley to stay on until a new schools chief is found. A three-member panel will recommend three names to Baker to choose from.

Crawley took the reins of the school system after William R. Hite’s abrupt departure in September, becoming the district’s seventh superintendent in 14 years.

He came to the county after working for six months as the deputy chief of programming in the office of special education of the D.C. school system. He spent the majority of his 33-year career in Arlington County.

In March, Crawley was named one of three finalists to become the permanent school chief, but the search was derailed while state lawmakers considered the school takeover proposal.

Crawley and the other two finalists withdrew their names from consideration during the legislative debate.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.



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