Dr. Bonita Coleman Potter who serves as the Deputy Superintendent for the Prince George’s County Public Schools will step down from her role later this month. She has been tapped as the new chief executive of the Ocean Springs School District in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
The change in post will be a change in pace for the second in command of Maryland’s second largest school district. Prince George’s County has 123,000 students, that is about fifteen times larger than the entire 18,000 people in the entire Ocean Springs town. Prince George’s County graduated 8,000 seniors this year, Ocean Springs graduated 375. Despite the change, according to the Ocean Springs School Board President she wants to return home. Coleman-Potter is a Mississippi native who taught middle school in Clinton, Mississippi and after that served as deputy superintendent of instruction for four years in the Jackson Public School District, and was a college professor at Tugaloo and Jackson State.
This proves the second time was the charm for Potter. Last June Potter was named a finalist to replace the Atlanta City Public Schools superintendent who retired after a testing scandal took over her tenure. The board there decided against selecting a new leader and named an interim for the year.
Dr. Coleman Potter is expected to return to Mississippi over the next few weeks to find a place to live, but doesn’t take the helm of the system full-time until July 1st. The Deputy Superintendent has held her position since Dr. Hite named her to the post in 2009.