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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: New Operating Budget

The Prince George’s County Board of Education has approved a $2.7 billion operating budget for fiscal 2022 with a focus on academic achievement and student success.

While schools CEO Monica Goldson released her proposed budget in December, it was met approval in February with a focus on bridging three major divides — statewide funding shortfalls and inequities, resource and achievement gaps within schools, and an operating budget deficit.

“This is a student-centered budget that invests in key strategic focus areas to move our school system forward,” Goldson said in an issued statement. “As we work together to support students in rebounding from a challenging school year, I look forward to continued collaboration with the Board of Education and our state and county partners.”

Reconnect PGCPS

Although families may request to be to the waitlist this fall for the virtual learning and new online campus programs, PGCPS will welcome most students back to classrooms for full-time, in-person learning.

Full-time fall learning will be available full time and for in-person learning for all grades, five days a week, and for virtual learning will be available for kindergarten through sixth grade.

Waitlist applications are due Aug. 20.

Blueprint Schools Model

The PGCPS Blueprint Schools model for building six new schools was named Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year and Best Deal in North America, Editor’s Choice by infrastructure finance industry leader IJGlobal.

The project is also a P3 Awards finalist for 2021 Social Infrastructure Project of the Year.

PGCPS said it is the first public school district in the nation to leverage a full-scope alternative financing model for a multi-school construction program.

Meanwhile, groundbreakings have been held for six schools, including Adelphi, Drew-Freeman, Hyattsville, Kenmoor and Walker Mill middle schools and a new K-8 academy in Fort Washington.

Construction begins this summer with completion set for July 2023.

“I have no doubt that other school systems in Maryland and beyond will look to Prince George’s County with admiration and inspiration for moving one step closer to ensuring that every child achieves their highest potential in modern school buildings,” schools CEO Monica Goldson said in a statement. “This is our blueprint for bold action, for fierce urgency, and as we will see on the first day of school two years from now, for success.”

Child Sexual Abuse Bill

A new bill that went into effect in July will require all Maryland school systems to add an additional component to the applicant screening and hiring process to help ensure student safety.

However, information for House Bill 486, named “Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention,” may take up to 20 days for PGCPS to receive, review and prepare for people interested in working for the school system.

Requests for information can be forwarded to elro.investigation@pgcps.org.

Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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