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Prince George’s County Public Schools Close All Schools Wednesday, August 24

Prince George’s County Public Schools Close All Schools Wednesday, August 24

Prince George's County Government opened for normal operations, Emergency Operations Center closed

 Wednesday, August 24, Prince George's County Public Schools will operate on a Code Green - Schools are closed.  All 12-month employees are to report on time.

In order to allow time to further inspect our school facilities, Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) will be closed on Wednesday, August 24.  All 12 month employees must report. Crews will survey school facilities to determine damage. Stay tuned for updates via the PGCPS website at www.pgcps.org<http://www.pgcps.org/>; and Twitter pages: @PGCPS and @PGCPSHite.

The Prince George's County Govenment will be open and working on a normal schedule unless an annoucement is made on a specific building prior to opening tomorrow morning.

Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School To Host Open House

Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School To Host Open House

 

On August 18, Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School will host a special Open House where students and their parents will have the opportunity to meet with administrators and teachers, visit their classroom, tour the school, and most importantly, celebrate the beginning of a new school year. In addition, the school will host kindergarten and new student orientations.

WHO:             Carolyn Boston, Board of Education Member, District 6

Back To School Expo at The Mall at Prince Georges

Back To School Expo at The Mall at Prince Georges

 

Back to School Expo, Saturday, August 13, 10am - 4pm

New Principals in Place for Upcoming School Year

New Principals in Place for Upcoming School Year

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has recently approved the appointment of 44 new leaders to ensure that all principals are in place prior to the August 22 start of the 2011-2012 school year.


PGCPS develops its own pool of highly effective leaders by providing targeted professional development opportunities for principals and specialized training for teachers who are aspiring to be leaders. Currently, there is a pool of more than 200 qualified applicants seeking principal positions in Prince George's County.

Principals for Northview Elementary School, Yorktown Elementary School, James Duckworth Special Center, and Oxon Hill Middle School are expected to be named soon.

Prince George’s County Public Schools Agrees to Pay $4.2 Million for Violations

 

This information comes to us from Office of Public Affairs:

 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has obtained an agreement for Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools system to pay $4,222,146 in back wages due 1,044 workers to resolve violations of the H-1B temporary foreign worker program.  Investigators from the department found that PGCPS illegally reduced the wages of the H-1B workers by requiring them to pay fees that the school system was required to pay. 

The H-1B program allows employers to hire foreign professionals in certain specialty occupations to work temporarily in the U.S.  Workers hired under the H-1B program must be paid at least the same wage rates and benefits as those paid to U.S. workers doing the same job in the same area,

Student Test Scores Show Improvement in Prince George's County

 

Prince George’s County has had its share of bad news in recent weeks, but student test scores were a silver lining.

Results of the 2011 Maryland State Assessments were released last week that showed significant improvement in elementary and middle school students over last year in both reading and math.

“The rate of growth in reading and math for Prince George's County has outpaced most other counties across the state which we are very excited about,” said Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Public Schools:

 Although Maryland is home to three of the richest counties in the nation (Howard, Montgomery and Calvert), 11.1 percent of households in Maryland (or 1 in 9) face a constant struggle against hunger. When schools are closed during the summer months, students who receive free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year are at risk for not receiving the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.