Prince George's superintendent search narrows to 3 finalists

The Prince George's County Board of Education has narrowed its search for the school system's next superintendent to three candidates, and the finalists include the county's current interim superintendent.

The finalists are Eric Becoats, superintendent of schools for Durham Public Schools in North Carolina; Harrison Peters, chief of schools for Chicago Public Schools; and Alvin Crawley, who has served as interim superintendent in Prince George's County since William Hite left the post last fall.

"We set out an ambitious timeline for our superintendent search, and we are happy we attracted these qualified candidates," Board Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs said in a news release. "During the next few weeks, the public will have an opportunity to interact with the three candidates, and provide their input to the board as we select the next leader who will further the mission of our school district."

Becoats has worked previously as chief administrative officer for Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, N.C., director of community economic development for University Park Baptist Church in Charlotte and assistant superintendent for planning and development for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Prior to his work in North Carolina, he was chief of planning for Baltimore City Schools. Becoats has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Peters beings experience as a chief area officer in Chicago Public Schools and as principal at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, and Robinswood Middle School in Orlando. He is currently completing his doctorate in organizational leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Crawley has been interim superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools since September 2012. Prior to that, Crawley was deputy chief of programming for the District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington, assistant superintendent and director of special education for Arlington Public Schools and assistant superintendent for special education and gifted programs for Chicago Public Schools. Crawley has a doctorate in instructional leadership from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

In the coming weeks, the public will have as-yet-unscheduled opportunities to meet the finalists. The board is expected to announce the new superintendent before July 1.

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