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Burroughs faces challengers in District 8 race

Three people are vying to replace incumbent Edward Burroughs III on the Prince George’s County school board in District 8.

O.J. Bego, 35, of Camp Springs, Andre Nottingham, 44, of Fort Washington and Erika Walcott, 44, of Oxon Hill are seeking the four-year term.

The top two vote-getters in the nonpartisan primary will advance to the November general election.

Bego, a pastor, said he is concerned about the education that is being offered to his son and others in the public school system. If elected, Bego said he would devise a strategic plan for student success, which could be used to show businesses that Prince George’s is “serious about education.”

Burroughs, 19, a student at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, served as a student representative and is finishing his first term as a full member of the board.

Burroughs said he has fought for improvements in his district, including the building of a new auditorium at Crossland High School. He also has pushed for reading programs and is an advocate for providing qualified teachers with respectable salaries.

Nottingham, an education consultant who previously worked at the University of Maryland, said he is troubled by the current system and wants “a better quality of education for my kids and the others who attend the schools.” He said the system needs to coordinate better with the nonprofit community, prioritize the budget and make sure that top-notch teachers and principals are in front of the students.

Walcott, a community activist, said she wants teachers to be more valued. “They make the school,” she said. Walcott said she also wants the system to be realistic. “We don’t have great schools,” she said. “When you own it, you are apt to do something about it.”

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