Monday, November 12, 2012
The county school board and former superintendent William Hite are named in the suit.
Prince George’s County Public Schools are facing a $100 million dollar class-action lawsuit in which a union alleges age and race discrimination by the Board of Education and the system’s former superintendent, William Hite, according to NBC4. NBC4 reports that the Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel, a union representing some PGCPS employees, filed the action on Nov. 2 alleging that Hite fired or demoted 100 administrators and principals because of age or race. Hite, who is named in the suit along with the county school board, resigned from his post as superintendent of PGCPS earlier this year to head up the Philadelphia School District. PGCPS is currently being headed up by interim superintendent Alvin Crawley…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Prince George’s County Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. wants year-round calendars to turn around underperforming schools.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The proposed budget plan would give principals control of school budgets.
Principals at schools throughout Prince George’s County could soon be the administrators of multi-million dollar budgets if a plan to decentralize school funding is approved by the Board of Education. Superintendent William R. Hite has proposed the changes as part of the FY 2012-2013 school system budget. Hite and school officials have been holding community forums in schools throughout the county to promote the plan appearing at Laurel High School last night. The budget calls for as much as 50 percent of funding for individual schools to be allocated from the Central Office to principals at the county’s 180 schools. The budget also calls for $9 million for staff pay raises throughout the county. In all, the proposed budget is more than $1…
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Superintendent William Hite Jr. introduced Amber Waller (Dist. 3), who lauded new initiatives in county schools and dubbed the principals, “unsung heroes.”
Prince George's County School Board Member Amber Waller (Dist. 3) introduced parents in her district to some of her schools’ principals Wednesday evening at Nicholas Orem Middle School. Superintendent William Hite Jr. introduced Waller, who lauded new initiatives in county schools and dubbed the principals, “unsung heroes.” “They go the extra mile,” she said. Here are some photos from the evening.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
We're looking for questions from public school parents in Riverdale and University parks.
Update, June 27: The meeting with Prince George's County Public Schools Superintendent William Hite has been postponed until after the holiday weekend. We'll keep you up-to-date on when we reschedule. However, keep those questions coming in — we hope we can get them answered. Original Post, June 23: Patch will be meeting with Prince George's County Public Schools Superintendent William Hite in the coming week and we'd like to hear what you want to know about. We'll be asking him about the county school's budget decision and about school populations, crime, but we want to know what's important to you. So please send me an e-mail with your questions at email@example.com or submit them below in the comments area of this post. We can't guarantee…
Thursday, October 28, 2010
At an Oct. 25 open forum on Prince George’s County schools, parents and school officials looked for ways to boost learning when classrooms are crowded and budgets are slim.
Overpopulated schools, inadequate special-needs services, and not enough advanced course offerings were among the criticisms that schools Superintendent William Hite Jr. heard from parents Monday evening, Oct. 25, during a Town Hall meeting on education. The meeting took place at Northwestern High School and drew approximately 70 attendees, including parents, some teachers, a few pupils, four Board of Education members, and Hyattsville Mayor William Gardiner. "We are the second largest school system in Maryland, and we have many urban issues. And before we submit our strategic plan, we want to talk about some of them today," said Hite. The strategic plan is an agenda of goals and initiatives that every county is required by state law to …
Friday, October 15, 2010
An Oct. 14 meeting of the Board of Education had parents and school board members expressing concerns over student performance and the state of Talented and Gifted programs.
Parents and school board officials' frustrations boiled over during a four-hour Oct. 14 Board of Education meeting. Schools Superintendent William Hite restated his goal to have every student in Prince George's County Public Schools career- and college-ready by 2017, but the attendees' consensus was that the school system has a long way to go. "We're spending so much money targeting here and there, and I'm trying to see what we're getting out of it. Where are the trends trending positive?" said board member Rosalind Johnson. Johnson's statement followed a PowerPoint presentation by Dwayne Arbogast, chief education officer, on student academic performance. Arbogast noted a slight dip in overall SAT scores: 22.7 percent of county students …
Friday, October 1, 2010
Teachers, students and community members make mosaic panels to adorn local schools.
Students from Riverdale Elementary School beamed with delight as Superintendant William Hite gave them gift cards to Borders and certificates of appreciation from the state Board of Education. "I'm so proud what you do and how you make Riverdale Park look so good," Principal Carol Cantu told the children. The students were being thanked at the Sept. 28 meeting of the Prince George's County Public Schools Board of Education for creating mosaic panels that are on display on and inside their school. The project, led by art teacher Liza Linder, had artists drawings turned into the mosaics on concrete panels that are adhered to buildings such as University Park Elementary School. There are also panels at Berwyn Heights Elementary School and …