Prince George's County Superintendent William Hite, who announced earlier this month that he would be taking a new position as leader of the School District of Philadelphia, has declined severance in order to leave his current position at the end of the September. The announcement came Friday from the Board of Education.
While Hite's contract stipulates he must give 120-days notice before leaving his position, he is forgoing his severance — equivalent to six months' salary — in exchange for an early release. Hite, 51, has led Prince George's schools for four years, and makes $250,000 a year.
Had Hite accepted his severance, it would have meant he stayed on the job until October. His last day as Prince George's superintendent is now Sept. 30.
The board also announced, in a news release, that it will name an acting superintendent in August, who will serve until a permanent superintendent is found.
The board met Thursday to outline the superintendent search process. During the closed session, board members "reaffirmed our commitment to making this process thorough, transparent and in partnership with all of our stakeholders."
The board will begin accepting proposals this week from search firms to aid in the process. According to the board's release, the search will be officially launched this fall, with hopes of having a new superintendent in spring 2013.
Starting in August, the board will hold a series of community meetings to discuss the search, and to solicit input.
"We know that this is a critical juncture for Prince George's County and we are committed to selecting a superintendent who not only represents our community's interests, but can best respond to its needs," the board said in its release. "The search process will be transparent with meaningful opportunities for community engagement. You will hear from your elected representatives on this board at every stage of the process.
That is our promise to you. Nothing less than our children's education, their future and the county's progress are at stake," the board said.