Superintendent William Hite IS Leaving for Philadelphia Post (Demo)

William Hite is leaving to become Philadelphia’s new superintendent.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Education officials in Philadelphia say they are hiring William Hite Jr. as the school district’s new superintendent. There was one other candidate for the Philadelphia post, Pedro Martinez, deputy superintendent of Nevada’s Clark County school district,
but he dropped out of the race on Friday when he took a position as head of the Washoe County Schools in Nevada.
One of my Philly blogger friends has told me that their school system is “jacked up” so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Hite’s arrival and what plan he’ll put in place. According to news sources, the last superintendent, Arlene Ackerman, left in 2011, after three years on the job overseeing about 203,000 students. There was controversy surrounding her $905k severance pay, half of which came from private donations. All that is neither here nor there though. She’s gone and Hite is taking over.
Philadelphia School Reform Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos announced Hite’s selection on Friday evening, calling him “a proven transformative leader.” He’s only been in the Prince George’s for 4 years, but ummm, ok.
Hite’s starting date has not yet been determined. A statement from the Prince George’s school board says he must give four months notice
Prince George’s County Board of Education Statement on Superintendent Hite’s Departure:

UPPER MARLBORO, MD-The Prince George’s County Board of Education released the following statement regarding the pending departure of Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of Schools:

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.

Dr. Hite’s contract contains a 120-day notice provision. We will work with the Superintendent over the next four months on a transition plan to ensure a smooth start to the 2012-2013 school year. In the coming weeks, the Board of Education will decide on an interim superintendent and announce plans to work with the community on the process for selecting Dr. Hite’s successor.

We hope that you will join us in wishing Dr. Hite the very best in his new post and extending sincere appreciation for all that he helped us to accomplish in Prince George’s County.

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Prince George’s County Schools ranks in state assessments scores in second to last place in Maryland, just above Baltimore County.
What’s the rating scale being used here?
So, how far is PGCPS from MCPS?
Next to the bottom sounds bad, but if that’s because MoCo is number 1 or 2, say at 99% and PGCPS is next to last with 90%, that’s not so bad.

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