About 160 Prince George’s County residents have applied for appointment to four newly created positions on the Board of Education, county officials said Monday.
The positions are the result of a law that takes effect June 1, legislation that expands the nine-member elected board and gives County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) the power to select the new schools chief.
Although Baker sought a complete takeover of the county’s public school system — asking for authority to select the superintendent and control the system’s $1.7 billion budget — under the measure approved by state lawmakers, Baker will hire the superintendent (now known as the chief executive), name three of the new board members and select the board chairman and vice chairman. The County Council’s appointee must be a parent with a child enrolled in public school.
The law requires that Baker appoint board members who have experience in education, business, finance, higher education or management.