Prince George’s County Council discusses school board applications

The Prince George’s County Council, which must name an appointee to the reconfigured school board, met in executive session Tuesday to discuss candidates.

Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison (D-Springdale) said this week that the council plans to name a member before the end of the month, if not sooner.

Under the new law that changed the formation of the school board, the council must name a board member who has a child in the public school system.

Harrison said the council had planned to name its appointee already but ran into a glitch when the panel learned that it hadn’t received a full list of applicants.

Harrison said the council was given the names of only the applicants who identified themselves as parents on the form. They interviewed a few of them, she said. But then the council found out there was a larger pool of applicants who are parents and have experience in education, business, finance, higher education or management, Harrison said.

“We realized we didn’t have all of the applicants,” she said. “Some checked multiple boxes. We have all of those now, 70 total, that includes those individuals that selected multiple categories and those who selected only parent. We’re starting our process again.”

Four appointees will be named to the new board. Last week, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) selected Segun Eubanks as his first appointee. Eubanks will serve as the board chair. Baker plans to name his other appointees before the end of the month.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.
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