At public events and inside schools, William R. Hite Jr. has been the face of Prince George’s County Public Schools for nearly four years.
As he prepares to leave to take the top job in the School District of Philadelphia, County Executive Rushern Baker is looking to step in as the figurehead in the search for Hite’s replacement, according to his education policy adviser, Christian Rhodes.
Rhodes said that there is a leadership gap in the school system as Hite’s deputy, Bonita Coleman-Potter, left for a job leading a Mississippi school district and Baker is looking to fill that gap. “He’s going to take a very active and aggressive role in education in the county,” Rhodes said. “Although what that looks like is still being determined.”
But some worry that Baker’s increased interest and participation in the superintendent search and education in general could be stepping on the toes of the elected school board.