Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill formally notified the Board of Education Tuesday morning that she does not plan to ask for renewal of her contract in 2021. The Superintendent of Schools said she plans to retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year and wanted to provide the Board with ample opportunity to fill her position before her final day on June 30, 2021.
Hill is not required to notify the Board until the February before the expiration of her contract. “I think the right thing to do is provide the Board with as much time possible to complete the process of hiring a new Superintendent,” Hill said.
Hill has served as Superintendent of Schools for two four-year terms. Before her 2013 appointment as Superintendent, Dr. Hill served as principal of North Point High School, Charles County’s largest high school and center for science, industry and technology career pathway programs. Dr. Hill started her 35-year career in education as a social studies teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School, her high school alma mater. She also previously served as vice principal at several schools.
“The state of the school system is strong. Charles County Public Schools is well-positioned to navigate the changing landscape of public education, with organizational structure, policies, and practices that serve our students’ best interests. CCPS teachers and leaders are dedicated to teaching and learning and prepared for the challenges ahead. I am committed to a seamless transition to new leadership, and will provide whatever support is necessary to ensure the continued success of Charles County Public Schools,” Hill wrote in her notice to the Board.
The Board of Education will now begin a discussion of how it will proceed and hire a new superintendent. “Dr. Hill is not leaving until the end of the school year, so we have some time to decide what to do,” Chairman Virginia McGraw said.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.
CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).