Prince George’s County Briefs: County Executive Baker Honors Youth

Joshua Garner | 3/19/2014, 3 p.m.
Young athletes in Prince George's County are being honored by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III for their national athletic ...
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Young athletes in Prince George’s County are being honored by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) for their national athletic achievements.

Winners of the American Youth Football Junior PeeWee Division 1 joined Baker for an awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 18. Baker presented a proclamation to Riverdale Park native Francis Tiafoe for winning the 2013 Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship.

Tiafoe, who trains at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in College Park, took top honors at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship in Miami, which serves as the end of year world championship in junior tennis.

“From Sugar Ray Leonard to Kevin Durant, so many of this country’s greatest athletes are from Prince George’s County,” Baker said. “I am pleased that this tradition is continuing with these talented athletes who are among the best in the county and the world. We must support our student athletes by encouraging them and celebrating their achievements.”

Median Home Sale Price Jumps 6 Percent

Home sale prices in Maryland took a leap forward, according to data released by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

The median price of homes for sale in Maryland rose nearly six percent in January compared to January 2013; and seven jurisdictions including Prince George’s County and Baltimore City recorded double-digit growth in sales, according to a report released by DHCD.

The supply of homes for sale remained very tight, according to the report. The supply should help maintain upward pressure on home prices in the coming months, encouraging seller participation in the housing market. The report cites that homes for sale spent an average of 79 days on the market, an improvement from February 2009 when they averaged 141 days.

Transitional Team Makes Recommendation for County Schools

A stronger more strategic and organized school system is being advised for Prince George’s County Schools, according a report issued earlier this month by a consortium organized by the head of the county school system.

The group, called the Transitional Team, issued “Great by Choice: The Transition Team Report” to the Board of Education March 13 highlighting recommendations to ensure the school system is in compliance with goals outlined by county school CEO Kevin Maxwell.

The report calls for the school system to create a stronger communications team by designating a chief communications officer to head the county school’s strategic communication’s goals. The report calls on the rebranding of the of the school system measured by key metrics.

Additionally, the team also made recommendations toward the organizational effective of the school system. Recommendations included establishing communication protocols with executive staff to minimize the amount of communication that directly goes to school principals.

Maxwell praised the efforts of the transitional team.

“The transition team’s report provides us with sound recommendations for moving our school district forward and ensuring that every student graduates prepared for college and careers,” Maxwell said. “I greatly appreciate the hard work that went into preparing this document, and thank all 31 of the team members for their input and expertise over the past several months.”

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