Four Prince George's Board of Education members to be appointed

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III and the County Council are currently accepting applications from residents who are interested in serving in appointment positions on the Board of Education.

Baker will appoint three residents. The county council will appoint one, who must be a parent of a student currently enrolled in the county's public school system.

Applicants interested in being appointed by the county executive must demonstrate a high knowledge of or experience in at least one or more of the following areas, according to a release from the county executive: education; business and finance; and higher education and management in the non-profit, private or public sector.

All appointees must be Prince George's County residents, and will serve four-year terms.

The appointments are a result of the new school governance structure laid out in a bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley during the recent legislative session. The appointed members will join the current elected board members.

Applications are available on the county website and at public libraries and the County Administration building. Applications should be emailed to, or mailed or delivered to the Office of the County Executive, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, 20772.

All applications must be postmarked or date-stamped by Friday, May 10.

The law, which goes into effect June 1, also allows Baker to select the next superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools. O'Malley will appoint a three-member selection committee that will identify three finalists for superintendent, who will ultimately be chosen by Baker.

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