The interim schools chief in Prince George’s County Monica Goldson “Goldson” who was appointment in July this year will earn $265,000 for the coming year under a contract the Prince George’s County school board approved last Thursday.
Last month, Monica E. Goldson was named interim chief executive of Maryland’s second-largest school system for the coming year, filling the vacancy left when Kevin Maxwell resigned under the cloud of an ethics scandal and under pressure from Elected officials. Before his departure, Maxwell earned $299,937 a year and other benefits.
“I am honored and humbled to be called to serve,” Goldson said after the county board of education unanimously voted for the contract. Goldson said she and her team were “working feverishly” to prepare for the opening of school on Sept. 4. However, many county residents and staff who know her well have a negative opinion based on her close association and cover ups involving union executives.
Segun Eubanks, the board chairman who has a pending case after he assaulted Board Member Edward Burroughs, congratulated Goldson. “We look forward to a very successful and engaging partnership,” he said according to the Washington Post.
A 27-year veteran of the school system, Goldson, 50, started as a math teacher at Suitland High School, before transferring to Forestville High School were she worked under James Smallwoods who is considered “the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg” and elevated Monica Goldson. Forestville High School was a public magnet high school located in Forestville before it was closed permanently in 2016 under suspicious circumstances due to numerous conflicts of interests. On March 8, 2016 former CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell sent a letter to parents that Forestville would be closed after the end of the 2015-2016 school year despite weeks of protests against closing the school. Students were reassigned to neighboring Suitland High School for the 2016-2017 school year.
The school had a comprehensive program with a specialized Military Academy magnet program. Mr. Smallwoods who was engaged in a major scandal while at Forestville terrorized some school staff members before being reassigned to Largo High School where he unleashed more scandals like a Wildebeest on heat. His shenanigans were covered up Dr. William Hite Jr who fled to Philadelphia School District under pressure from elected officials and the public in Prince George’s County.
There is no doubt Monica Goldson has worked her way up the ranks. However, her appointment without any input from the public should have many county residents and others who love Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) worried. The worry is based on genuine concerns after cover ups and her close association with corrupt union executives in Washington DC metro area starting within PGCPS under an organized scheme which is ongoing.
Organized “scheme to defraud” is defined as a systematic, ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud one or more persons, or with intent to obtain property from one or more persons by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises or willful misrepresentations of a future act etc.
Goldson was most recently deputy superintendent for teaching and learning. Under her watch, the school District saw a number of fake grades facilitated in order to retain power. She is a homegrown educator, having graduated from the county’s Potomac High School in 1986.
County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), whose term ends this year, named Goldson interim chief July 23. Her contract runs through June 30, 2019. The next county executive will be empowered to make a longer-term appointment for the schools chief position.
Goldson has said she hopes to be considered for that appointment. But she said she is focused on opening day.
“Job one right now is making sure we have a smooth opening of school,” she said. The school system expects to have about 132,000 students.
So far teachers and other staff have complained on the internet of her unchecked habit of sending emails at night or in the evening “spoiling dinner” or vacation for staff.
Teachers have also complained of the Human Resources refusing to let teachers transfer under a different Principal because the system is outside the transfer window. Unless it is a promotion the principals have refused to release them.
Montgomery County, with the state’s largest system, has about 163,000 students. Its superintendent, Jack R. Smith, is paid an annual salary of $290,000.
In July, the Prince George’s school board agreed to a contract settlement of nearly $800,000 with Maxwell. He departed the superintendent’s post about three years before the end of his four-year contract due to public corruption in PGCPS.
Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis who oversaw employee performance an evaluation returned to the Anne Arundel County School system as a regional superintendent after major fiasco in the county.
Davis was second-in-command in Prince George’s County when a state audit found improperly documented grade changes allowing unqualified students to graduate.
She was also accused by at least 21 employees of workplace bullying and harassment during her tenure.
The results of an internal investigation into the complaints have not been made public.
In the meantime, the trial on criminal assault charges filed against Board Chairman Segun Eubanks by Board member Edward Burroughs is set for September 4th, 2018 at 10:30 AM in Room: 261. (See Case Number: 4E00634806 Tracking No:181001423945).