Prince George's County Schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. is giving up $125,000 in severance pay in exchange for an early release of his contract.
The county school board says Hite is leaving the school system on Sept. 30, 60 days earlier than his contract requires. Hite has accepted a job to lead the Philadelphia School District.
The board says it will appoint an interim superintendent next month, and expects to interview candidates for a permanent replacement next spring and name a new superintendent by July 2013.
The school board is expected to pick a search firm by Aug. 3.
Schools reopen in Prince George's County on Aug. 20.