Embattled Prince George’s School Board Likely to Get Another Facelift
Updated: Feb 9
By Bruce DePuyt - January 17, 2022
The Prince George’s County Board of Education has seen many changes over the years.
It has consisted solely of political appointees, it has been all-elected, and it has been — and is currently — a hybrid, made up of both elected and appointed members.
Following a turbulent year, it appears the wheels of change are about to spin again.
A task force empaneled to explore potential changes in the structure of the school board has tentatively recommended doing away with the board’s four appointed members.
If the recommendation is adopted, the current board — made up of nine elected and four appointed members, along with a student member who votes on some matters — would be replaced with a new all-elected board. It would consist of nine members elected by district and a student chosen by their peers.
Members should be limited to two four-year terms, according to the task force.
In addition, the board would elect its own chair and vice-chair. Currently the chair is appointed by the county executive.
County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) created the task force last year in the wake of a tumultuous set of meetings that saw the board’s factions battle repeatedly. Those skirmishes — primarily between chair Juanita D. Miller and a progressive bloc — led to the filing of numerous ethics complaints. Multiple board attorneys resigned.