Prince George’s schools chief attracts criticism…

…After adding more executive-level positions

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Kevin M. Maxwell, who came to the district as part of an overhaul of the school system, has added four new executive-level positions to his administration, hires he said will improve academic achievement.

Maxwell, who took the school system’s top job in August, has spent $1.53 million to hire a chief of staff, a diversity officer, a health officer, a performance and evaluation officer and 10 employees to assist them. He said the hires were necessary because he noticed that some jobs were not being done adequately and children were not being properly served because there was less coordination. Read More >>> Washington Post

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COMMENTARY

Why are Prince George’s County citizenry averse to tax hikes? Besides the obvious reluctance to pay more, at least as far back as 2003, the Board and its superintendent (including at least one convicted incumbent) have struggled mightily. With all due respect to Dr. Kevin Maxwell, he is only the next in a long list of touted outsiders who will once again hire “experts”, with the same sad results because they do not understand Annapolis and its corrupt connection.  During the past 12 months, politicians have argued, debated and lamented about how to reign in the county government’s out of control spending without much success. All in all, everything starts and ends with the Chief Executive Officer.

In our view, Maxwell is doing the same things Dr. William Hite did and the results will be the same…an under performing school system will continue to under perform because the fulfilling the academic needs of the students is secondary to creating organizational structure! Why is it necessary to hire a bunch of highly paid people whose functions appear to have nothing to do directly with the academic performance of the county students? The County’s residents should be outraged because very scarce funding is being used to pay do nothing bureaucrats rather than hire principals, classroom teachers and support staff who can effect the changes necessary to make the schools’ performance better! All the while, Sasscer administration is on a shopping binge, spending money we do not have on things we do not absolutely need, ……Instead of cutting wasteful spending, more money was added each day in 2013 to our national debt, which now exceeds $17 trillion.

The year 2013 will be remembered in PGCPS as a period of unrest as outraged by high spending led by one Monica Goldson and others whom we asked the new administration to replace. Regardless of your personal political persuasion, ask yourself: Would you agree with Sasscer that the $1.53 million to hire staff represent county priorities or would you agree that these reflect the wasteful spending habits that threaten to bankrupt the future of the county Dream? As articulated in the article, We are seeing the same pattern of out of control spending enacted by embattled Dr. William Hite jr during his brief tenure in the county. Surely, these employees could have been hired for much less than they are earning. As we celebrate Christmas with many of our county youth facing homelessness, let us ask ourselves if this is a wise move by the Board of Education in the middle of a recession.

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Cartoon of Income Inequality

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