Prince George’s School Board Scrambles to Prevent Leadership Void

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Prince George’s County school officials are scrambling to ensure there isn’t a dearth of leadership in the wake of the announcement by Prince George’s County schools superintendent William R. Hite that he is being considered for the top education position in Philadelphia.

Hite’s announcement comes on the heels of deputy superintendent Bonita Coleman-Potter’s departure to take over as head of Ocean Springs School District in Mississippi, a job she starts July 1. Hite could find out by Friday whether he was selected for the Philadelphia post.

“There’s no natural successor,” said school board Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs. “[Coleman-Potter’s] leaving puts us in a unique situation.”

In November, five of the nine school board seats are up for election, with at least one of those seats to be filled by newcomers. Rosalind Johnson (Dist. 1) did not run for re-election.

“We’re going to spend the summer working to ensure that the schools’ opening goes smoothly,” Jacobs said, adding that the board did not yet have a plan approved to find a replacement should Hite get the job in Philadelphia. “It’s a storm, but we’ll weather it.”

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