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STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL CHAIR TODD M. TURNER – COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS SUPPORT SELECTION OF DR. MONICA GOLDSON AS SCHOOLS CEO; URGES BOARD AND STATE APPROVAL
The Prince George’s County Council welcomes the selection of Dr. Monica Goldson as the permanent Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools.
We congratulate County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks on today’s announcement of Dr. Goldson’s appointment, which follows a national search and community outreach efforts, to serve in this top school position. The Council urges the County Board of Education’s approval for Dr. Goldson and final support from the State Superintendent of Education to complete the State law required appointment process.
The Council has established a very productive relationship with Dr. Goldson, as Interim Schools CEO, and previously as Deputy Superintendent. Her twenty-eight years of service to the school system and partnership have made a positive difference for the progress of education in Prince George’s County.
We have successfully worked together with Dr. Goldson on a broad range of issues including day to day maintenance, our joint audit process of Continuous Business Improvement to routinely assess the effectiveness of school operations, and most recently, the Alternative Construction Financing (ACF or P3) project to build and renovate aging school infrastructure in the County.
Dr. Goldson is well-qualified, and her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Prince George’s County Schools signals a collective commitment to our schools – Maryland’s second largest and one of the nation’s 25 largest school districts; its more than 134,000 students and parents; and its teachers, administrators, and support staff.
Educating our children to compete in a global economy is a critical element to the success of Prince George’s County. All the County’s education stakeholders must maintain a steadfast devotion to collaboration, continually identifying opportunities to strengthen public school system operations, management and accountability and commit to ensuring that our students are well prepared for higher education and the demands of the workforce in our growing economy.
As the County’s fiscal authority, the County Council is wholly vested in the success of our County’s school system, and in our budgetary oversight role, we will continue to work to ensure a return on County taxpayers’ significant investment in education and the future of Prince George’s County.