GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) - Students heading back to class at Greenbelt Middle School seemed eager to see the and new building, which was officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.
There's a lot of positive vibe going on thanks to the achievements made under the leadership Superintendent Dr. William Hite, who is leaving in October to run Philadelphia's school system. Hite says positive change came from choosing and developing good leaders for each school. In the last six years during Hite's tenure, 75 percent of the system's 200 principals were replaced.
At Greenbelt Middle, after many years of disappointing performance, last year brought an upswing in math and reading test scores, so much that the school made AYP, annual yearly progress, and is now considered a proficient school, according to Principal Warren Tweedy.
Tweedy says it won't be easy to fill Hite's shoes, but he's certain the school board will find a superintendent just as strong.
Interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley, who was the deputy chief of staff of programming for the D.C.'s schools, will take over on September 4th. Hite says he'll stay on into October to help Crawley take over.