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COUNCIL CHAIR CALVIN S. HAWKINS, II ISSUES STATEMENT ON RESIGNATION OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIR DR. ALVIN THORNTON
The Prince George’s County Council is grateful for the service of Board of Education Chair, Dr. Alvin Thornton, who recently announced his retirement, effective in early January. His four-year term was set to expire in 2022.
Dr. Thornton’s longstanding service to education in Prince George’s County has consistently focused on the shared interest of our students. We appreciate the leadership and partnership of Dr. Thornton, as we worked together to effectively advocate for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and increased state spending for education, in the Maryland General Assembly.
Additionally, under Dr. Thornton’s school board chairmanship, the historic Alternative Financing Construction (ACF) project, a first of its kind public-private partnership in Maryland and the nation, was advanced by the Board of Education. This innovative project will result in the construction of six new schools in our County and upgrade learning environments over four years.
Dr. Thornton has served as an education leader in Prince George’s County many times over, and the Council is grateful for his legendary leadership, institutional knowledge and expertise. Our County and its children and their families, are better for his service. We wish him well and look forward to his continued partnership.
The Council remains committed to working with the Board of Education and all stakeholders to provide a quality education for our children, and secure vital state funding for County schools.