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School board lashes out at Baker representative

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III wants to transform neighborhoods, and at the top of his list is creating an “excellent educational system.”

On Thursday, Brad Seamon, Baker’s chief administrative officer, offered the members of the school board a PowerPoint presentation detailing Baker’s plans for the initiative.

After he finished, the members had few questions.

But they peppered Seamon with comments.

Essentially, they felt pushed aside and they didn’t appreciate it.

“This doesn’t show a recognition of the Board of Education’s ideas,” said Peggy Higgins (District 2). “If we’re going to make this work and work well . . . the Board of Education needs to be viewed as an important partner. . . . During your presentation, you said collaborate with [Schools Superintendent] Hite.”

Seamon said he had meant no disrespect to the board.

“You walk away from every encounter with lessons learned,” Seamon said. “This is one of them.”

In addition to making changes in the school system, Baker wants to improve the economy and health care and reduce crime in the county.

Under the initiative, six neighborhoods will be targeted for quality-of-life improvements in those areas.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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