Monica Goldson
**FILE** Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson chatting with fifth graders in a brand new building at Tulip Grove Elementary School in Bowie, Maryland on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Interim schools Chief Monica Goldson issued a statement Feb. 1 regarding missing funds and alleged fraud brought to light by the Board of Education leadership. Part of the statement reads as follows:

“A recent media report detailed PGCPS’ long-standing challenges with missing school funds and other abuse of resources. The reports have raised questions on the best course of action for holding wrongdoers accountable and ensuring PGCPS employees understand the consequences for these serious actions.

“We cannot address the challenges facing our school system if we are not willing to have honest conversations and commit to making improvements. While these issues did not start under my leadership, they must stop under my leadership.

“With this in mind, I am recommending the Board of Education refer all cases of missing funds and alleged fraud since 2015 to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for review and possible prosecution. Moving forward, PGCPS will coordinate with law enforcement on any waste, fraud and abuse cases within the system.”

Career, Technical Education Month

February is being celebrated as “Career and Technical Education Month,” and students can discover programs that prepare them for careers in high-demand and emerging industries.

As part of the celebration, student-led environmental projects at Croom High School are bringing science classrooms to life and inspiring students to pursue practical green careers in Prince George’s County.

ESOL Night

James Madison Middle IB World School in Upper Marlboro, recently partnered with the Office of Interpreting and Translation to host its first “ESOL Night.”

The event served as an opportunity for parents to meet teachers and learn about resources to support their journey through middle school.

College Track Program

“College Track” at The Durant Center recently welcomed its inaugural class, where students will receive scholarships, tutoring and emotional and financial support to aid them getting into college, all the way through graduation.

NBA superstar and in Prince George’s County native Kevin Durant, who donated $10 million to the program, was on hand for the grand opening of an after-school facility bearing his name.

Scholar of the Week

Frederick Douglass High School International Baccalaureate student Kierra Hughes, who holds a 4.13 grade point average, has been named a Scholar of the Week.

While managing multiple extracurriculars including National Honor Society, student government, African Student Association, photography club and the mock trial team, Kierra has also earned more than 200 service learning hours. In her spare time, she enjoys writing narratives, poems and drawing.

Kierra plans to attend Morgan State or George Washington University to study psychology and neurology to embark on a career as a clinical or rehabilitation psychologist. She also aspires to enlist in the U.S. Army as a reserve officer.

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