Superintendent Hite Accepts Job with Philadelphia Schools
William R. Hite bids farewell to PGCPS; school board set to appoint interim superintendent.
Prince George's County Public Schools will be on the hunt for a new leader, after current superintendent William R. Hite accepted a job offer to lead Philadelphia's public school system.
Last week, Hite was named a finalist for the superintendent post in Philadelphia. On Friday, he announced his resignation in a letter to the PGCPS community on the schools' wesbite:
After much consideration and consultation with my family, I have decided to accept an offer to become Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. This was not an easy decision. Together, we have shared many successes during my six years here. I could not have asked for a more supportive Board of Education, more eager students, or more dedicated teachers, administrators and staff. I thank you for embracing my vision for Prince George’s County Public Schools and for the role that you played in making that vision a reality.
Throughout my tenure, I have emphasized the need to create world-class schools that prepare our students for college and the workplace. I am certain that work will continue despite the challenges ahead. As we approach this time of transition, I am committed to ensuring a smooth start to the school year and will keep you posted on my official last day.
On a personal note, my wife and I have been proud to call this wonderful county our home. Leaving treasured friends and colleagues is difficult under any circumstances. And most of all, we will miss our beautiful, talented, and hardworking students. We will always be grateful for the kindness that you have shown over the years and wish you well in your future pursuits.
Dr. Hite has served Prince George’s County Public Schools with distinction over the last six years and it is with deep disappointment that we greet the news of his departure. He has led Prince George’s County schools with vision and innovation under financial challenges that might have broken a weaker superintendent. We appreciate the stability, progress, transparency and accountability that accompanied his tenure. The foundation for future success is firmly in place thanks in large part to his efforts.
Hite's contract contains a 120-day notice provision, according to the board. The board also stated they will name an interim superintendent and notify the community on how they can participate in the superintendent hiring process.