PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Maxwell Defends Graduation Rates

**FILE** Prince George's County Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell attends a press briefing on the Head Start program outside Glassmanor Elementary in Oxon Hill on Aug. 29, the first day of school for the program. PHOTO BY WILLIAM J. FORD
**FILE** Prince George's County Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

County schools CEO Kevin Maxwell recently issued the following statement regarding allegations of inflated graduation rates:

There has been no systemic effort, ordered by me or others acting on my behalf, to promote students in order to inflate graduation rates. The changes we have made to provide additional student supports are modeled on best practices in other districts. Our new grading procedure puts us on par with our neighboring jurisdictions. Our credit recovery system is replicated by the majority of districts in Maryland. All of our efforts are focused on providing students with multiple pathways to success.

My team and I remain open to resolving any concerns that are brought to us about what employees may have seen in our schools. We will continue our normal process of grade and credit audits and addressing any irregularities.

4-Day Workweek

All county public schools and offices will be closed on Friday, July 14.

Community Day

Carolyn Boston, Board of Education vice chair and District 6 representative, and the Prince George’s County Fire Commission invite middle and high school students and their families join them at “Community Day — A Pathway to the Future.” The event takes place Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at G. James Gholson Middle School in Hyattsville.

Bus Drivers Fair

PGCPS will host a bus driver fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 22 at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale.

Interested candidates must meet the following requirements:

– High School Diploma/GED

– No more than 3 points in your 10-year driving history

– Satisfactory past driving record

– At least 21 years old

– At least five years driving experience

– Ability to obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), Class A or B with passenger endorsement or Class B Learners Permit with passenger and school bus endorsements

– Ability to meet special training and qualifications

PGCPS offers its bus drivers a starting salary of $18.41 per hour, with advancement opportunity up to $35.17 per hour. The system also provides employees with a comprehensive package of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as retirement plans.

Envirothon Team

Students from Eleanor Roosevelt High School listed among their peers from several Maryland high schools last month as participants in the annual Maryland State Envirothon Competition at Camp Pecometh.

Student teams were tested in the field and classroom in the areas of aquatics, forestry, soil/water conservation techniques, soils and wildlife.

Eleanor Roosevelt High School represented PGCPS in the state competition and received special recognition by placing fifth, the second consecutive year the team has placed fifth.

Each member of the team will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District.

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