Baker taking applications for vacant seat on Board of Education

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) is accepting applications to fill a seat on the Board of Education that was recently vacated by Carletta Fellows.

Fellows, who was once privately censured by her colleagues and accused of inappropriately using her ­county-issued credit card, resigned this month.

Fellows, who was elected in November, said she could not devote the time needed for the position.

Her resignation came after the board met privately to discuss the credit card usage and a background check, which found that she did not mention a 1993 misdemeanor theft conviction on her county application.

Fellows said her decision to resign was based on personal reasons and would not comment on the background check.

Fellows’s departure gives Baker, who has selected three positions on the board, the power to appoint another board member. Under a new state law, if a vacancy occurs on the hybrid board, the county executive has the authority to name a replacement.

The vacancy will be filled by a resident of District 7, the area Fellows represented.

An application for the seat can be found on the county’s Web site or at the county administration building.

Applications must be postmarked by Aug. 6 and mailed to the county executive’s office, or they can be e-mailed to Courtney Glass at educationboard@co.pg.md.us.

Baker intends to have the seat filled before school starts next month.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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