My name is Andria and I’m a couple of months pregnant. I live in Maryland with my husband Richard and I was looking up on the schools in this area. It may sound a little too soon to be thinking of such things isn’t it best to be prepared? Richard calls me crazy but I like staying up to date about such things.
When I kept reading for a while, I came across the name William Hite and tried not to cringe at the news written there. The rampant corruption going on in the Prince George County and considering the number of schools they have under them, I am beginning to get terribly worried.
I got talking to my neighbour and other friends living in my area and I was absolutely disgusted with the way things were mentioned to be working at the Prince George County schools. It is all thanks to the Superintendent William Hite. His last name is almost similar to the word hate. I don’t even think that he deserves to be in that position.
He doesn’t encourage debate and if any of the teachers or staff working under him dares to share an opinion or idea, it is shot down with much fervour. If that wasn’t bad enough then even the children weren’t spared from being reprimanded for sharing their opinions on matters. I even read about the scandal about his affair with some English teacher at Largo High school who then got pregnant but I don’t know how far that is true.
How is this any different from dictatorship? Imagine your children growing up in schools where the children are not encouraged to question and made to follow whatever rules that are set for them. There is no way that these kids can grow up to be independently-thinking individuals. This can turn to be a great threat. I know I will think twice before enrolling my children here.
You cannot be a Superintendent of schools and also the secretary of the Board of education, treasurer and chairman. That is like giving too much power to one person and when you do that, then he is bound to misuse that power to fuel his own needs. And that is exactly what has happened. The superintendent of Prince George County schools William Hite has so much power on his hands with holding so many portfolios that now he thinks he’s everyone’s boss and can go about his duties however the hell he wants.
I was shocked out of my wits when I heard from my neighbour about the state of affairs Prince George County schools. Who on earth keeps Board of education meeting in the middle of the day? What is William Hite trying to prove here? He should know parents have to go to work during the day and will not be able to attend the meet, unless that is what his intention was. And what shocks me is that in spite of complaining about the schedule chosen for these meetings, nothing is being done to correct it. The man clearly seems to have a lot of power and is using solely for his benefit.
You know things cannot be right when William Hite is being charged with lawsuits for alleging discrimination done against his employees because of her race, age as well as retaliation on her part – articles.philly.com/2013-06-12/news/39901358_1_county-school-board-prince-george-hite-jr. And this is just one incident.
I am trying to spread the news far and wide. After all, it is about the future of our children. Here is the link to the County’s website – www1.pgcps.org/. Their address: Prince George’s County Public Schools, 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.
If you have any queries you can get in touch with any of the public schools listed and get details on them – www1.pgcps.org/schools/
Funnily enough their contact info page for ombudsman is a little messed up – www1.pgcps.org/ombudsman/
A huge amount of the taxpayers are paying for these institutions. It is just heart-breaking to see that these funds are being misused. It is not fair. A lot of people work very hard just so their kids can go to a decent school. And if our kids are being deprived of this basic need then something has to be done about it.
We have to stand up against the corruption going on Prince George County’s public schools or you can just become a passive observer and let your kid be part of an educational system that has nothing much to offer. I hope me raising awareness about these issue will make a difference. People like William Hite need to be taken out of their jobs and not put in a position of power.