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News Release

Board of Education Names Interim Superintendent
August 17, 2012
For Immediate Release
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UPPER MARLBORO, MD—The Prince George’s County Board of Education has selected Dr. Alvin Crawley, a senior-level administrator in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), to serve as Interim Superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) for the 2012-13 school year.

A 32-year veteran educator, Dr. Crawley is deputy chief of programming in the DCPS Office of Special Education and has held top roles in the Arlington, Chicago and Boston public school systems. He will start Tuesday, Sept. 4.

“Dr. Crawley will help to provide stability for our staff, students and families as we search for our next Superintendent of Schools,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, Board Chair. “We are confident that his leadership, experience with business operations and policy development, and commitment to narrowing the achievement gap will serve the Prince George’s County Public Schools community exceptionally well."

“I am excited to lead Prince George’s County Public Schools at this critical time,” said Dr. Crawley. “The school system has made significant academic strides in recent years and I look forward to helping students and teachers continue on that path. I will work with the Board of Education over the next few weeks to address immediate challenges and enhance successful programs and services.”

Dr. Crawley is a co-author of Gaining on the Gap: Changing Hearts Minds and Practice, which details efforts by parents and staff in Arlington Public Schools to eliminate the achievement gap between low-income students, students of color and their peers. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication disorders/education from Hampton University, master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Northeastern University, and doctorate in education with a focus on instructional leadership and administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dr. Crawley will assist the Board of Education in assessing the school system’s five priority areas: high student achievement, highly-effective teaching, safe and supportive schools, strong community partnerships and effective and efficient operations. Dr. Crawley will work closely with Superintendent William R. Hite in the weeks before he leaves to take the helm of the School District of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Duane Arbogast will work alongside the Interim Superintendent as Acting Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Arbogast was tapped to serve as Acting Deputy Superintendent of Academics earlier this summer after spending three years as the county schools’ Chief Academics Officer. He has been an educator for more than three decades with experience as an elementary teacher, assistant principal and principal.

“I am very pleased that the Board has selected me to serve the school system in this wonderful new capacity,” said Dr. Arbogast. “I will use my strengths in academic affairs to keep our schools on the path of high achievement.”  

The Board of Education also named Monica Goldson as Acting Chief Operating Officer. Goldson previously served as the school system’s Assistant Superintendent of the High School Consortium, where she supervised 22 high schools and more than 140 administrators.

The Board of Education is holding countywide forums about the Superintendent Search Process. The “Moving Forward Forums” will be held on the following dates:

·         Aug. 21 – Bowie High School, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie

·         Aug. 30 – Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville

Both forums will start at 6:30 p.m. The first forum was held Thursday at Central High School.

“Now that we have completed the first steps of this search process, my colleagues on the Board and I look forward to discussing the next steps with the community,” said Jacobs.

More information about the Superintendent Search Process can be found online at www1.pgcps.org/superintendentsearch.

 

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About PGCPS: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, over 125,000 students and nearly 18,000 employees. With an annual budget of $1.795 billion, the district serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities. PGCPS is nationally recognized for its innovative programs and initiatives, including the expansion of Advanced Placement courses and partnerships with businesses and institutions of higher learning.