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Nearly a year into his tenure as head of Maryland’s second-largest school system, Prince George’s County School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. is searching for lieutenants to execute his strategy.

The executive cabinet of his predecessor, John E. Deasy, has largely scattered. Since Hite was chosen as interim superintendent in December and then as Deasy’s permanent successor in April, the heads of academics, accountability, human resources, student services and communications have left the school system. At least two others have applied for publicly posted jobs in other systems.

Hite said that acting officials had filled all of the positions and that he hoped to have them permanently filled within 30 days. Asked whether the departures would hinder his ability to run a school system of 130,000 students and 15,000 employees, Hite said they would not.

“I said when John left how it’s about the work we have begun here in Prince George’s County, and it has to remain about the work,” Hite said. “As people exit, that can’t actually define our ability to continue to work. . . . That work must continue.”

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[SOURCE: Washington Post]

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