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Prince George's interim superintendent resigns

Rushern Baker

In the midst of a system takeover by Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III, the school system's interim superintendent, Alvin Crawley, has resigned.

Crawley notified the Board of Education of his intent to resign on Thursday, April 25, according to a news release posted on the school system's website. His resignation is effective June 3.

In a statement, Crawley said he had "mixed emotions" about resigning.

"I have enjoyed my tenure as interim superintendent of schools and appreciate the support of our board, staff, parents, students and members of the community," he said. "I am very proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my tenure."

Crawley was appointed interim superintendent in August 2012, when then-superintendent William Hite was preparing to leave his post to take the helm of Philadelphia's public schools. Crawley's contract was set to expire June 30.

Crawley was one of three finalists for the superintendent position, but like the others, he withdrew his name from consideration after legislation passed in Annapolis approving Baker's takeover of the school system, and granting Baker the power to select the next superintendent.

"We are saddened by Dr. Crawley's decision to leave early; however, due to the passage of the recent legislation changing the governance structure of our school system, we fully understand," the board said in a statement. "We regretfully accept Dr. Crawley's resignation and express our gratitude and appreciation for his consistent dedication to student achievement."

Under the new school governance, Baker also has the power to appoint the chairman and the vice-chairman of the board, and appoint three additional members to the board. The County Council will appoint one additional person, who must be a parent of students in the system.

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