Former Prince George’s official takes role at education nonprofit -- Gazette.Net


Prince George’s County Public Schools is back in the market for another top position.

A. Duane Arbogast, the former chief academic officer for the school system, resigned Feb. 14 to become vice president of educational services and chief operating officer at the Baltimore-based Children’s Guild as of Monday.

School system spokesman Max Pugh said Monday that no one had yet been named to replace Arbogast, but that an announcement will likely be made within the next few weeks.

The chief academic officer is in charge of the Division of Academics and is responsible for overseeing curriculum, testing and special education, and administration of Title I programs, as well as providing leadership and coordination of instructional programs and resources, according to the school system website.

Arbogast served as chief academic officer since 2010, and served as acting deputy superintendent for academics in the 2012-13 school year. Prior to that, he worked in Anne Arundel County Public Schools in a variety of capacities.

Arbogast said he was courted by the 60-year-old nonprofit.

“They called me and spoke about how my experiences in PGCPS would help them. I was very impressed with their body of work,” Arbogast said. “Their mission is created on a theory of action that if you teach children in a warm, caring environment, they can learn.”

Children’s Guild serves Maryland children and adolescents who have been traumatized by life experiences, have autism spectrum disorder and/or developmental disabilities, said Children’s Guild CEO Andrew Ross.

Arbogast said in his new role he will act as a liaison with local education agencies and oversee the management of the Children’s Guild’s nonpublic and charter schools.

Ross said Arbogast brings a wealth of experience that will benefit the Children’s Guild’s charter and special education schools.

“Dr. Arbogast is well-known for his ability to think ahead in a creative way. Academic achievement is very important at the Children’s Guild and Dr. Arbogast is known for being able to move large school systems ahead in their academic achievement,” Ross said.

David Cahn, co-chairman of the educational policy advocacy group Citizens for an Elected Board, said he was sorry to hear of Arbogast’s departure.

“I wish him well in his new role,” Cahn said. “It’s a great loss to the school system. He was one of the only people who injected a degree of candor into school system discussions and he will be sorely missed.”

School board Vice Chairwoman Carolyn Boston (Dist. 6) said she is sorry to see Arbogast go.

“He has done a wonderful job for our system over the four years he’s been here,” Boston said. “I spoke with him last week, and he said that this is something that is very near and dear to his heart. I’m glad he was able to find something that he is so passionate about.”