One of schools CEO Monica Goldson's 2019-20 Blueprint investments focuses on schools with high numbers of students living in poverty who need additional support. (Courtesy of PGCPS)
**FILE** Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson (Courtesy of PGCPS)

PGCPS CEO Monica Goldson unveiled a $2.3 billion operating budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 with a focus on student services and new academic programs.

The budget proposal invests in a universal meals program at 45 community schools that will provide free breakfast, lunch and supper to approximately 31,360 students. Other highlights include a new middle school language immersion program, Career and Technical Education enhancements and expanded mental health supports in every school. The plan also meets last year’s commitment to salary increases for educators, administrators and support staff, improving the school system’s efforts to recruit and retain high-quality employees.

“All families have the same dream for their child: a quality education that nurtures their talents and propels their dreams into reality,” Goldson said. “These budget investments prioritize our students’ diverse needs and our commitment to attracting and keeping the best and brightest employees. By supporting students in and outside of the classroom, we prepare the next generation for the world beyond our schoolhouse doors.”

Give Your Input

PGCPS is in the process of finalizing the 2020-21 school calendar.

Take the online survey by Thursday, Jan. 2 to give your input prior to the Board of Education vote on Thursday, Jan. 9.

TAG Testing

Private and home-schooled students in first through seventh grade may apply to be tested for PGCPS’ Talented and Gifted (TAG) program.

The testing application deadline is Friday, Jan. 10. The test date is Saturday, Feb. 8.

Johnson Middle School STEM

Thomas Johnson Middle School has been recognized as an International Technology and Engineering Educators Association STEM School of Excellence for its robust Integrative STEM education program.
Award recipients will be recognized at the ITEEA International Conference in Baltimore in March 2020 and will receive a banner and certificate for display in the school.

The STEM Schools of Excellence will be posted on ITEEA’s website. Those schools will be part of a post-conference press release and are invited to take part in ITEEA’s STEM Showcase on March 12.

Schools Honored for Excellence

Eight schools have earned the 2019 Maryland State Department of Education Excellence in Gifted & Talented Education award: Accokeek Academy, Benjamin Tasker and Walker Mill middle schools and Pointer Ridge, Greenbelt, Heather Hills, Valley View and Mattaponi elementary schools.

Nine county schools were previously awarded EGATE status. This year, only 13 Maryland schools received the honor.

“These schools go above and beyond to provide a model academic program for students,” Goldson said. “Having access to quality gifted and talented programs is key to ensuring advanced learners meet their full potential.”

$3 Million in Scholarships

A recent event hosted by the Dr. Henry A. Wise High School peer leaders resulted in seniors racking up $3 million in scholarships from Benedict College, the 2019 Historically Black College and University of the Year.
Twenty-two students received full scholarships covering tuition, room and board.

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