The Prince George’s County Board of Education announced three finalists to replace school superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., who vacated the position last summer to become the chief of schools in Philadelphia, according to a press release issued by the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ (PGCPS) office of communications.
Following a national search that produced 10 candidates for the job, the Board of Education (BOE) whittled the pool to three people:
- Dr. Alvin Crawley, who has been serving PGCPS as the interim superintendent since Hite’s departure
- Dr. Eric J. Becoats, currently the superintendent of Durham Public Schools in Durham, NC
- Harrison A. Peters, the chief of schools for Chicago Public Schools in Chicago, IL.
“We set out an ambitious timeline for our superintendent search," said board chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs (District 5), "and we are happy we attracted these qualified candidates.”
The board of education hosted a series of community forums and town hall meetings to gather input from the community about the vacant position. The BOE hopes to announce the new superintendent before July 1, but will offer the community the chance to meet the three candidates prior to its selection.