Friday, December 11, 2009


Members of the Prince George's County Board of Education re-elected Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., and Dr. Ron L. Watson as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, during a special meeting on December 7. They will serve in their positions of leadership until December 6,2010, before the next school board election. “This past year has been a challenging one. We have been faced with budget cuts,reductions in force, and an overall reevaluation of programs and options for our students at a time when our students need options the most,” said Ms. Jacobs. “These tough decisions must be faced head on while keeping one thing in mind – to advance the achievement of our diverse student body through community engagement, sound policy governance and accountability, and fiscal responsibility.”

Ms. Jacobs, a Bladensburg High School graduate, and Dr. Watson, a Central High school graduate, both look forward to continuing to serve students and families in rince George's County for a third term. Under the leadership of the current Board of Education, the past year has seen many noteworthy accomplishments in the school system, including continued steady gains on the Maryland School Assessments, a systemic review of school boundaries, and the implementation of initiatives to reduce truancy and out of school suspensions. “This Board of Education has done many great things together as a unified team,” said Dr. Watson. “It’s all about increasing the collaboration and understanding of the broader goals of this school district, and working together with the community to improve education and ensure that all students succeed.”

The Board holds annual elections on the first Monday in December to elect a Chair and Vice Chair among its members. Regular Board meetings are held throughout the school year, and are open to the public, except for meetings in executive session. Meetings are held in the Board Room at the Sasscer Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, unless scheduled otherwise. For more information on the Prince George’s County Board of Education and to see a complete calendar of Board meetings and events, visit

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