Notes on the February 1 Board of Education Meeting

by Nichelle Mandjilla

To view the agenda for the meeting, go here.

Public Session

 2.01, 2.02  Board Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance

Led By Amanya Paige, Student Member

2.03 Roll Call

Attendees:

Segun C. Eubanks, Ed.D, Board Chair/Appointed Member
Carolyn M. Boston, Vice Chair/District 6 Member
Lupi Quinteros-Grady, District 2 Member
K. Alexander Wallace, District 7 Member
Sonya Williams, District 9 Member
Raaheela Ahmed, District 5 Member
Curtis Valentine, M.P.P., Appointed Member
Donna Wiseman, Ph.D, Appointed Member
Amanya Paige, Student Member
Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D.

*David Murray, District 1 Member, Dinora A. Hernandez, District 3 Member and Mary Kingston Roche, Appointed Member were not in attendance.

* Edward Burroughs III, District 8 Member and Patricia Eubanks, District 4 Member arrived at a later time, after meeting had been called to order.

 2.04 Adoption of the Agenda: February 1, 2018 Board Meeting

Chair Eubanks moved to adopt agenda. Motion was seconded.

Motion carried unanimously to adopt agenda

2.05 Approval of Board Meeting Minutes: November 9, 2017 Board Meeting and December 19, 2017 Special Board Meeting

Chair Eubanks moved to approve meeting minutes. Motion was seconded.

Motion carried unanimously to approve meeting minutes.

2.06 News Break “Green to the Gills”

Highlighted Maryland Department of Natural Resources “Sunfish & Students” Program. The program is in its 4th year, and active in 90 Prince Georges schools. The goal of the program is to teach student aquarium maintenance, animal husbandry and ways to keep fish alive. Students complete journals with diagrams and drawings, often in Spanish. Students, such as those at a Capital Height elementary school who were interview and observed in this video, adamantly take on the responsibility of caring for fish, like the Blue Gill, until they are released into local waterways in the Spring.

2.07 Report of Chair

  • Moment of Silence for PGCPS Colleagues, Staff, Loved Ones and Friends.
  • Recognition of Dr. Maxwell’s 40 years of Service in Education. Presentation of Award of Recognition on behalf of PGCPS Board of Education.
  • Recognition of board member Quinteros-Grady’s nomination by The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for “Outstanding Professional of the Year Award”.
  • Point of Personal Privilege to board member Ahmed – Overview of District 5 ongoing Parent & Community Engagement Efforts.
  • Point of Personal Privilege to board member Boston – PG County Fire & EMS Cadet Program Overview and report of Open House held at Charles Herbert Flowers High School on January 20, 2018.
  • Point of Personal Privilege to board member Wallace – Recognition of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School’s 3rd Consecutive State Championship Title.
  • Overview of Past Budget Hearings, Announcement of Final Budget Work Session & Hearing on February 6, 2018.
  • Panasonic Foundation PGCPS Board of Education Retreat – February 2-3, 2018 at National Harbor. Objectives are Align key messages from the board of Education District about PG County and why it is imperative for more parents and community members to be engaged in our schools to develop a common understanding of the current status of the budget, and learn more about new initiatives on community school options.

The Panasonic Foundation does work with about a dozen school district around the country, assists districts in developing focus on student equity. Working to build organization and efficiency within the board and administration. PGCPS is receiving this consultation through an endowment, and have not had to pay for these services which normally cost billions of dollars.

  • Next Board Meeting – February 22, 2018 at 7:05pm

2.08 CEO Report

  • Dr. Maxwell and his team attended the Maryland State Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday January 30, 2018; to provide an overview and answer questions related to PGCPS’s action plan in response the states audit of high school graduation rates….

**The remainder of Dr. Maxwell’s remarks regarding his team’s presentation to the State Board of Education can be found in an “An Open Letter to the PGCPS Community” dated January 30, 2018, which has been inserted at the end of these notes.

  • GCPS Specialty Programs Application & Lottery Process. The deadline for application submissions to most PGCPS specialty programs is March 12th.
  • Recognition of 4 PGCPS students from Gwynn Park High School who were among the top 5 winners of the 4th Annual 5th Congressional District App Challenge. These students were from PGCPS IT Academy, which is under PGCPS’s Career Academy’s Program.
  • Inclement Weather Make-up Days

**A News Release providing an update on emergency school closings and make-up days released January 17, 2018 can be found at http://www1.pgcps.org/page-3-zone.aspx?pageid=235709&id=258782

2.09 Finance, Audit & Budget Committee Report

Chair Eubanks yields the floor to board member Boston, chair of the committee.

Board member Boston:

  • Committee Members include:
    • Eubanks
    • Board Member Hernandez
    • Board Member Wallace
    • Student Board Member Paige
    • Board Member Williams, Vice Chair
    • John Pfister, CFO
    • Michele Winston, Director of Internal Audit
  • Committee has convened 5 times this school year.
  • Committee has discussed the following:
  1. FY 2019 Board Budget Priorities
  2. External Auditor Presentation, Findings and Recommendations
  3. 1st Quarter Internal Audit Report
  4. Internal Audit Reviews

CEO’s Proposed Budget Challenges & Opportunities

  • Current Accomplishments of the Committee include:

1. Identifying 5 Top Board Budget Priorities for FY 2019 through a survey administered to the full board and committee.

Those Priorities Include:

  • Maintenance Funding
  • Student Based Funding
  • English Language Learner Support
  • Compensation Negotiated Agreements
  • Pre-Kindergarten Expansion

2. The Committee further proposed funding in the following areas:

  • Community Schools
  • Literacy & Numeracy
  • Career & Technology Education
  • Student Safety

3. Future Topics of Discussion include:

  • Review of the FY 2019 Budget, bearing in mind feedback from Budget Work Session and Public Hearings
  • Review of 2nd & 3rd Quarter Reports from Internal Auditor
  • Review and discuss impact of County Executives Budget Proposal
  • Review and discuss impact of County Council Approved Budget
  • Review CFO’s Report of Anticipated PGCPS Financial Condition by Year end June 30, 2018.
  • Debrief on FY 2019 Budget Process

4. Future Committee Events

The Board will host its Final Work Session & Budget Public Hearing Tuesday February 6th at Oxon High School.

Board member Boston calls for a moment of silence for the loss of a nightly custodian at William Paca Elementary School.

3.01 Public Comment on Agenda & Non-Agenda Items

7 Registered Speakers
Not in attendance.

    1) PGCPS Parent

A proud graduate of Crossland High School. Requesting funding in school budget for creative learning programs such as the “Sunfish & Students” program presented earlier in the meeting. Believes in order to prepare PGCPS students for the 21st Century global economy and workforce, the school system should make it a priority to expose students to more creative learning programs and environments. Believes administrators should study the industries that are growing and thriving, such as green/sustainable energy and IT. Believes standardized rigorous testing is stifling creativity in PGCPS. As a result of the pressure put on students to perform at a high level on these test, her 7th grade child experiences anxiety whenever there is a state or county exam. Understands that there is a necessity for testing, but feels the extensive amount of standardized testing is increasing anxiety in PGCPS scholars.

      2) Chairwoman for Southern Christian Leadership Conference for PG County

Also operates as Director for direct action within her role as chairwoman. The SCLC was founded in part by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She became aware of the grading and graduation rates scandal that has plagued the PGCPS a few weeks ago. She has not received any official data to support information, nor an official statement to either confirm or deny the specific allegations. As an elected official of the SCLC she deems it her responsibility to keep PGCPS students and graduates as a priority, and mitigate the current political climate and agendas which further victimize the students. She is therefore coming before the Board to highlight the need to follow up with, and provide support to those students who graduated from PGCPS schools without meeting the mandated requirements to be prepared for graduation. Believes the county needs to partner with its higher education resources to ensure evaluation and remediation services are being provided to these students. Believes this is necessary to ensure these students have the educational foundations to be competitive as they move to the next phase of their lives. The School Board and its accountability to the residents of PG County must be restored. There are a number of guiding principles which can be implemented to promote accountability in educating our students. One example is the “Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act” , which calls for the State to set up academic performance standards for students, ensure schools have sufficient resources to achieve them, and hold schools and school systems accountable when they fail to meet the standards.

   3) PGCPS Parent & Educator

Speaking to the board on behalf of all PGCPS students, and in memory of a former Henry A. Wise student who was struck and killed by a police vehicle in January. She has always emphasized accountability with her students. However, PGCPS students are not seeing accountability from their elected or appointed school board members, administrators and officials. Witnessed the CEO’s statement to the Maryland State Board of Education. Strongly believes the CEO gave a false and misleading statement to the Board, which implied that grade changes were facilitated by PGCPS parents and teachers (who have no access or authority to authorize the change of any grade). The lack of accountability from the board, administrators or CEO is very disappointing. Urges PGCPS parents to strongly consider how they vote in the upcoming election cycle. The County Executive has taken full responsibility for how the PGCPS administration has fallen short. Therefore, the voters should hold him accountable by making their voices heard at the polls.

   4) AFSCME Local 2250 Administrator & Representative

Represents over 6000 Educational Support Professionals within PGCPS. Took a moment to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Historic strike of sanitation workers in Memphis, TN. Dr. Martin Luther King fought for respect, workers rights and economic justice alongside these public service workers. Asserted that public service workers are still under attack today, as there are those who would like to pull the rights of public employees back to the limits they were at the time of this historic strike. We’re asking the BOE to respect the educational support professionals of PGCPS. Since last year, AFSCME has been requesting negotiations dates from ELRO for a CAB which expires June 30, 2018. Please instruct the ELRO to sit down with the AFSCME team immediately. Although there were successful negotiations on the wage reopener, in order to complete our budget for 2019 negotiations need to take place. Also requesting the FY 2019 budget include resources to fund all cost in current CAB, as well as increases commensurate to negotiated agreements like PGCA. The AFSCME should not have to arbitrate over benefits that are apart of workers contracts, such as the 5% for License, Certification and Maintenance. This issue was brought to the boards attention last November and these skilled employees, who have been working hard all winter, have yet to be compensated. We have a proposed settlement, and would like to see that paid immediately. Workers are frustrated with the lack of accountability and follow through from the ELRO. Admonishing the strengthening of the partnership between AFSCME and BOE in order to foster continued progress.

   5) President of PGCEA with Educator at Central High School

Speaking about the “Black Lives Matter In Our Schools Week of Action”. This initiative provides K-12 educators an optional curriculum. Inspired by the current endorsement through the Maryland State Education Association, which allowed the PG County Education Association to move in favor of this initiative as well. “Black Lives Matter at School” is not officially apart of the “Black Lives Matter Movement”. Was established by a small group of parents, teachers and community members who shared a vision of diverse community partnerships that would support a week of education, dialogue and action to actively engage a significant number of educational communities throughout PG County in activities which support understanding and affirmation of black lives. This week has spearheaded an ongoing dialogue of education in action. We are seeking the Board of Educations support in this effort. This resolution calls on the district to explore and come to terms with the past, present and future status of black lives in our society, and affirm that status as equal to and not second to the lives of others. Through this initiative, educators who desire to participate will have the ability to design their own lesson plans or utilize educational resources that will be provided through the PGCEA to assist in formulating lesson plans. Educators can also facilitate conversation amongst students and staff about race which could include the Black Lives Matter Movement. They could invite local activist or experts as guest speakers. They could also chose to wear t-shirts or stickers to make their support visible. Students would be encouraged to be involved in sharing their experiences with school communities. The most important aspect of this endeavor is to use relationships educators share with their students to share powerful, thoughtful, engaging and respectful dialogue in our classrooms across the district. With African American students making up an overwhelming majority in our school, the Black Lives matter Week of Action would be ideal for the students in our schools to participate in. PGCEA also supports Non-Violence and Peace Week initiatives at PGCPS.

   6) Local 2250 Representative

The members of Local 2250 feel they are being disrespected and disregarded. Both the BOE and Local 2250 agreed to the current contract. However, the BOE is not meeting its obligation to uphold its responsibilities to the workers of Local 2250. The workers of Local 2250 work hard in the early morning hours to ensure all PGCPS schools are prepared for scheduled school days. Local 2250 workers are simply asking for what was agreed to in their contract. If our workers do not perform their job duties, the instructional day of thousands of PGCPS students will be impacted, and they will face disciplinary action. However, the PGCPS BOE has not met their contractual obligations as it relates to the educational support professional which make up Local 2250. Many of Local 2250 workers live on modest incomes, yet we agreed to a contract which lowered our incomes in order to come to a resolution that benefited both parties moving forward. By not meeting their contractual agreement, the BOE is essentially “taking food off our workers tables”. The workers of Local 2250 need and deserve respect. Admonishing the BOE to come to the bargaining table with AFSCME and Local 2250 before finalizing FY 2019 budget.

4.01 Discussion Item: High Quality Career and Technical Education CTE: Preparing Students for College and Careers

Chair Eubanks yields the floor to Dr. Maxwell for introduction of discussion item.

Dr. Maxwell yields the floor to Dr. Monica Goldson, PGCPS Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning to provide an overview of discussion item.

*February is Career and Technical Education Month.

After a brief synopsis of CTE presentation, Dr. Goldson yields the floor to leaders of CTE program Latifa Durrant and Pamela Smith.

The CTE program is the vehicle by which PGCPS can realize its college and career readiness vision.

CTE prepares students for life after high school, as well as ensures economic prosperity of PG County by developing its workforce.

What is Career and Technical Education?

CTE Program combines core academics with real world applications. The mission of CTE is to prepare students for college and careers, by helping them develop the skills and technical knowledge as well as the academic rigor and real world experience for high-skilled, high-demand and highly successful careers.

*The entire CTE Program presentation can be viewed on the PGCPS Board of Education February 1, 2018 Meeting video

Proceeding the Presentation BOE Chair Eubanks facilitates a question and answer period.

Several Board Members address questions to Ms. Durrant and Ms. Smith regarding details of current and future implementation of the PGCPS CTE Program.

Items 5.01-5.06 on Consent Agenda

Chair Eubanks yields the floor to Dr. Maxwell for introduction of items 5.01-5.06.

Dr. Maxwell:

Agenda Items 5.01-5.06 require board approval of proclamations commemorating the following during the month of February in PGCPS: African American Read-In Month, African American History Month, Peace Week, National School Counseling Week, Career and Technical Education Month, and a resolution regrading Black Lives Matter at School.

Chair Eubanks requests a motion to approve items 5.01-5.06 under consent agenda.

Motion is moved and 2nd.

Chair Eubanks briefly yields the floor to board member Ahmed.

Board Member Ahmed takes a moment to thank PGCEA for bringing Black Lives Matter Week of Action to her attention, and summarized the importance of education around social awareness and justice in PGCPS. She then requested the Board pass the resolution regarding Black Lives Matter at school as well as the other consent agenda items.

Motion carried unanimously to approve items 5.01-5.06.

6.01- 6.06 Items on Budget Consent Agenda

Chair Eubanks yields the floor to Dr. Maxwell for introduction of items 6.01-6.06.

Dr. Maxwell:

Items 6.01-6.06 of the budget consent agenda requires board approval for the February 2018 Expenditure Requirement, FY 2018 Financial Review and Transfer, Award of Construction Contract for projects at Kenmoor Middle School, New Adelphi Area Middle School, New Glenridge Area Middle School, and Benjamin Stoddard Middle School.

Chair Eubanks requests a motion to approve items 6.01-6.06 under budget consent agenda.

Board Member Ahmed requests highlighting item 6.02 for comment.

Board member Ahmed would like clarification on a number in FY 2018 Financial Review.

Chair Eubanks clarified item 6.02 will be pulled and the board will sustain the motion to approve items 6.01 and 6.03-6.06.

Chair Eubanks requests motion to approve item 6.01 and 6.03-6.06 under budget consent agenda.

Motion is moved and seconded.

Board member Boston poses a question to a member of Dr. Maxwell’s team regarding a change in funding under the Kenmoor Abstract Bid.

Board Member Wallace poses a question on item 6.06 regarding the existence or institution of a project planning committee for Benjamin Stoddard similar to that instituted for Suitland High School.

Board Member Wallace’s question is answered by Elizabeth Chase, CIP Officer.

Motion carried unanimously to approve items 6.01 and 6.03-6.06. 

Chair Eubanks requests a motion to approve item 6.02.

Motion is granted and seconded.

Chair Eubanks yields the floor to board member Ahmed.

Board member Ahmed poses question to CFO Pfister regarding the difference in payment allotted for independent firm which conducted the MSDE Audit. Cited the Maryland Board of Public Works recorded firms contractual amount at about 500K, but it is recorded as 700K under “Other Instructional Cost” in the FY 2018 Financial Review. Board Member Ahmed also requested clarification of the Maryland Board of Public Works classification of the firms contractual amount as special funds.

After this brief question and answer period motion carried unanimously to approve item 6.02.

 7. Non-Consent Agenda

None

8.01 Legislative Report

Chair Eubanks yields floor to Ms. Tabias for an overview of Legislative Report.

Legislative Report received by each board member includes:

  • Update on Governors Budget – Operating & Capital
  • Update on Major State Policy Initiatives affecting public school systems.
  • Update on Kirwan Commission and non-facilities commission.
  • Highlights from some of the top state bills that are being followed.

There have been 11 local bills filed impacting the Board of Education. An Education Committee instituted by the Maryland State delegation last year have begun the process of reviewing these bills.

            *To hear the entire Legislative Report, please refer to the PGCPS Board of Education February 1, 2018 Meeting video

Chair Eubanks yields the floor to board member Valentine, the chair of the Legislative Policy Committee, for further comment on the Legislative Report.

Board member Valentine makes a motion to approve the recommendations of the policy committee as they relate to the legislative bills that were presented.

Motion moved and seconded.

Chair Eubanks yields the floor to board member Burroughs for question and comment. Burroughs poses a question to Ms. Tabias regarding lack of support in the legislature for the appointment of an Inspector General within PGCPS administration.

Chair Eubanks facilitates further questions from the board to Ms. Tabias.

Chair Eubanks brings a vote to the floor to support local bills as recommended by the Policy Committee.

7 Ayes – Valentine, Wallace, Boston, Eubanks, Williams, Chair Eubanks, Wiseman

1 Nay – Burroughs

3 Abstain – Ahmed, Quinteros-Grady, Paige

Chair Eubanks stresses the need for a vote on this item.

Board member Quinteros-Grady changes her vote to Aye, which gives the board the 8 votes it needs to complete vote.

8 Ayes

1 Nay

2 Abstentions

Motion carried.

Chair Eubanks request motion to support administration’s position on PG512 CIP Bill (support with amendments).

Motion is moved and 2nd.

10 Ayes – Ahmed, Boston, Burroughs, Eubanks, Paige, Quinteros-Grady, Williams, Wiseman, Chair Eubanks, Valentine

1 Nay – Wallace

Motion carried.

 Governance (Second Readers/Unfinished Business)

9.01 2018 Legislative Agenda

9.02 2018-2019 School Calendar

Chair Eubanks yields the floor to Dr. Maxwell for an introduction of second readers, items 9.01 and 9.02.

Dr. Maxwell expressed approval of BOE Chairs Eubanks prior introduction of second readers.

Chair Eubanks requests a motion for the approval of item 9.01 and 9.02 under second reader.

Motion is moved and seconded.

Chair Eubanks queries for discussion.

Dr. Maxwell clarified for the BOE Chair that there are 2 options under governance item 9.02, of which the board must choose one option.

Chair Eubanks divides approval of governance items 9.01 and 9.02.

Chair Eubanks request a motion to approve item 9.02, 2018 Legislative Agenda.

Motion is moved and seconded.

10 Ayes – Ahmed, Boston, Wallace, Eubanks, Paige, Quinteros-Grady, Williams, Wiseman, Chair Eubanks, Valentine

1 Abstain – Burroughs

Motion carried.

Chair Eubanks requests board members pull up the two options under governance item 9.02, 2018-2019 School Calendar.

Dr. Maxwell yields the floor to a ember of his team to explain the two school calendar options before the board.

School Calendar Option 1:

  • Complies with Governors requirement to start school year after labor day, and end school year by June 15th.
  • Complies with 192 work days for instructional staff.
  • Eliminates Yom Kipoor.
  • Eliminates non-student day for professional development on October 19th (MSEA Day)
  • Keeps Spring Break Intact

School Calendar Option 2:

  • Complies with Governors requirement to start school year after labor day, and end school year by June 15th.
  • Complies with 192 work days for instructional staff.
  • Includes Yom Kippur.
  • Includes non-student day for professional development on October 19th (MSEA Day)
  • Shortens Spring Break by 2 days (April 15th and 16th).

**Community Survey reflected an overwhelming support for option 1, which does not impact spring break.

After a brief period of questions and comments posed and offered by board members.

Board member Wallace makes a motion to move forward favorably for option 1 of the school calendar under item 9.02.

Motion is moved and seconded.

Board member Wallace makes a request for data of fiscal impact to insert a second parent teacher conference day in second semester, perhaps presidents day.

Motion carried unanimously to approve option 1 of the school calendar under item 9.02.

10. New Business (First Reader)

  • None

11. Follow Up Items

  • Follow-up Items from the December 19, 2017 Special Board Meeting

Have been posted in Board Docs.

12.01 Motion to Approve Actions Taken in Executive Session on February 1, 2018

Chair Eubanks requests a motion to approve actions taken in executive session.

Motion moved and seconded.

Actions Taken in Executive Session are as follows:

  • Labor Negotiations
  • Legal Matters
  • Personnel Matters
  • Students Appeals
  • Administrative Matters

Motion carried unanimously to approve actions taken in executive session.

13.01 Motion to Adjourn

Chair Eubanks requests a motion to adjourn.

Moved and seconded.

Motion carried unanimously to adjourn February 1, 2018 PGCPS Board of Education Meeting.

 _____________________________________________________________________

 

An Open Letter to the PGCPS Community – Una carta abierta a la comunidad de PGCPS
January 30, 2018

Dear Prince George’s County Public Schools Community,

Today, my leadership team and I attended the Maryland State Board of Education meeting to provide an overview and answer questions related to a detailed action plan that was sent to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) last month in response to the State’s audit of high school graduation rates. We shared information about our plans to ensure academic integrity in our grading and graduation certification process.

Working with our school leaders, we are providing more oversight and have taken steps to improve academic integrity and ensure accountability. We enacted stricter controls over access to student records, implemented new credit recovery programs and discontinued Quarterly Learning Modules (QLMs). There is mandatory training for all grade and transcript managers; more time for Professional School Counselors to certify that students meet graduation requirements; and new technology to improve the graduation certification process will be forthcoming.

In addition, an independent auditor will continually review our graduation data and processes. For more information, please visit www.pgcps.org/graduation-audit.

If you have questions, issues or concerns related to grading or graduation certification that have not been resolved at the school level, please contact the Office of the Ombudsman at www.pgcps.org/ombudsman.

I care, a great deal, about the children in our schools and about Prince George’s County as a whole. This is my home, it’s where I graduated high school, and my children attended Prince George’s County public schools. I began my career teaching here and I hope to finish my career by making life better for our students and county through education.

Our primary goal is – and remains – equipping students with the skills for college, career, community and life. Our talented educators are committed to providing excellent instruction and support. Our community is actively involved and eager to collaborate as we make these improvements throughout Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Working together, we will restore confidence and trust among parents, students and the community. I encourage your input at any point along the way. Thank you for your continued support of our students, staff and schools.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Office

30 de enero del 2018

Estimada comunidad del sistema de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George:

El día de hoy, yo, junto a mi equipo directivo, asistimos a una reunión de la Junta de Educación del Estado de Maryland para presentar un resumen y contestar preguntas relacionados con el detallado plan de acción enviado al Departamento de Educación del Estado de Maryland (MSDE) el mes pasado en respuesta a la auditoría que se llevó a cabo sobre las índices de graduación de las escuelas superiores. Compartimos información sobre nuestros planes de asegurar la integridad académica en nuestro proceso de certificación de las calificaciones y los requisitos de graduación.

En colaboración con la dirección escolar, estamos incrementando la supervisión y hemos tomado medidas para mejorar la integridad académica y garantizar la rendición de cuentas. Adoptamos controles más estrictos con respecto al acceso a los registros estudiantiles, implementamos nuevos programas de recuperación de créditos y suspendimos los Componentes de Aprendizaje Trimestrales (QLM). Existe capacitación obligatoria para todos los administradores de calificaciones y expedientes académicos; más tiempo para que los consejeros escolares profesionales confirmen que los estudiantes hayan satisfecho los requisitos de graduación; y está pendiente nueva tecnología para mejorar el proceso de certificación de la graduación.

Asimismo, un auditor independiente revisará de manera continua nuestros datos y procesos de graduación. Para más información, favor de visitar la siguiente página de internet: www.pgcps.org/graduation-audit.

Si tiene preguntas, asuntos o inquietudes relacionadas con las calificaciones o certificación de graduación que no se hayan resuelto a nivel escolar, favor de contactar a la Oficina del Ombudsman en www.pgcps.org/ombudsman.

Aprecio mucho a los niños de nuestras escuelas y todo el Condado de Prince George. Este es mi hogar, es donde me gradué de la escuela superior y mis hijos asistieron a las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George. Comencé mi carrera como maestro aquí y espero terminar mi carrera mejorando la vida de nuestros estudiantes y condado por medio de la educación.

Nuestra meta principal es –y continua siendo– preparar a los estudiantes con las habilidades necesarias para la universidad, las carreras profesionales, la comunidad y la vida. Nuestros talentosos educadores están comprometidos a brindar una excelente instrucción y apoyo. Nuestra comunidad está involucrada de manera activa y dispuesta a colaborar a medida que efectuamos estas mejoras a lo largo del sistema de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George.

Al trabajar juntos, restableceremos la confianza y fiabilidad entre los padres, estudiantes y la comunidad. Los animo a compartir sus comentarios en cualquier momento a lo largo del camino. Gracias por el apoyo continuo a todos los estudiantes, el personal y las escuelas.

Atentamente,

Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D.

Director ejecutivo

 

 

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