by Nichelle Mandjilla
Nichelle Mandjilla is a member of the Dora Kennedy French Immersion School Legislative Committee
To view the agenda for this meeting, go here.
1. Public Session
Segun C. Eubanks, Ed.D, Board Chair/Appointed Member
Edward Burroughs III, District 8 Member
David Murray, District 1 Member
Lupi Quinteros-Grady, District 2 Member
Mary Kingston Roche, Appointed Member
K. Alexander Wallace, District 7 Member
Sonya Williams, District 9 Member
Dinora A. Hernandez, District 3 Member
Amanya Paige, Student Member
Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D.
*Board Members Carolyn M. Boston, Vice Chair/District 6 Member, Curtis Valentine, M.P.P., Appointed Member, and Donna Wiseman, Ph.D., Appointed Member arrived at a later time after meeting had been called to order.
*Board member Raaheela Ahmed, District 5 Member was away on business travel.
*Board member Patricia Eubanks, District 4 Member was “under the weather” and would not be in attendance at meeting.
- Adoption of the Agenda: December 19, 2017 Board Meeting at 2:25 in the video.
Board Member Burroughs interjects with concern regarding the cancellation of executive session. Board Member Burroughs put forth a motion to add executive session at the conclusion of meeting to discuss legal and personnel matters. Board Member Burroughs brought it to the board’s attention that he received documentation on the subject of the graduation rate audit. According to this documentation, it appears that top level administration were aware of students graduating who did not meet basic graduation requirements a year prior to the independent audit. Appears no action was taken at that time to address these findings. Mr. Burroughs is aware his concerns cannot be fully expressed during public session, as it involves personnel. Board Chair Eubanks solicited any further discussion; there was none. Eubanks then proceeded to request a roll call of vote:
- 8 Ayes – Burroughs, Hernandez, Murray, Paige, Wallace, Williams, Wiseman, Eubanks
- 2 Nays – Quinteros-Grady & Roche
Executive session scheduled to convene following public session.
After this vote, motion carried unanimously to adopt amended agenda.
2. Public Comment on Agenda & Non-Agenda Items
2.01 Public Comment on Agenda & Non-Agenda Items
15 registered public comment speakers.
- 4 speakers registered for item 3.01.
- 4 speakers registered for item 4.01.
- 7 speakers registered for non-agenda items.
Registered speakers for item 3.01 PGCPS Response to MSDE Graduation Rate Audit Report
- Prince George’s County Resident & Parent at 8:20.
Systematic grade change epidemic has become a culture in the county. Frustrated with corruption surrounding county, and including PGCPS administration. Standing in representation of parents, community leaders and groups of Prince George’s county in calling for the resignation of PGCPS CEO, Deputy Superintendent, area Instructional Directors, and County Executive. Requesting transition to a PGCPS Board of Education elected by Prince George’s County Residents. Spoke of PGCPS administration’s involvement in grade change scandal due to prior knowledge of unauthorized grade changing or failure to bring attention to matter prior to audit. Spoke of no improvement of PGCPS since the arrival of current CEO, Dr. Maxwell. Spoke of unfavorable reputation of Deputy Superintendent, appointed by Dr. Maxwell.