Tag Archives: Upper Marlboro

Prince George’s County Seat Could Be Moving to Largo

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The Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III is buying a new building for his office, and it could mean a big transition for a central part of the county’s government. The idea is suprising as the County is said not to have money. Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports, the move has people wondering about the future of the county’s seat. (Published Friday, Jul 10, 2015)

A new multimillion-dollar building in Largo, Maryland, for the Prince George’s County Executive’s office could mean a major move for part of the county government.

Details are still being worked out, but the possible move has some folks wondering about the future of the county seat, which has been in Upper Marlboro since its founding in 1696. But Upper Marlboro is considered somewhat remote and hard to get to, which is why the county government has slowly moved to Largo since County Executive Rushern Baker took office.

Largo is right off the Beltway and in the center of the county. The county has been buying property in that area – most recently 1301 McCormick Drive, purchased for $21.7 million. Sources close to the purchase say it was bought to be the new home of the County Executive’s Office and the County Council.

The County Council withheld the $12 million needed to actually move those offices. Some council members aren’t clear on why that particular location will benefit workers and residents, sources say.
Meanwhile, Upper Marlboro’s Main Street business owners, who depend on those county workers, are concerned.

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students injured in stabbing at Frederick Douglass High in Md.

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Scene at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. (Photo: Brad Bell)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) – Two students were injured in a stabbing at a high school in Prince George’s County early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred around 7:40 a.m. inside Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro.

Two students were engaged in a physical altercation when one of the students pulled out a knife and stabbed the other student, according to police.

One student sustained serious injuries while the student accused of pulling the knife only sustained minor injuries. Both students were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The student who pulled the knife is currently in police custody and charges are pending.

Officials said they had no information as to what sparked the fight, and the incident is under investigation.

In a Twitter message, the police said the incident “stemmed from dispute.”

Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/06/2-students-injured-in-stabbing-at-frederick-douglass-high-in-md–114442.html#ixzz3bujHrKmv

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Maintenance issues at Upper Marlboro school leave parents perplexed.

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School officials say the back-to-back maintenance issues that closed Barack Obama Elementary School in Upper Marlboro for two non-consecutive days late last month have now been fixed, but the closures left some parents scratching their heads.

“It’s a relatively new school, so I was surprised that they were closed,” said Arletta Love of Upper Marlboro, whose daughter, Aniya, is in the fifth grade.

The $18 million school, which incorporates eco-friendly design elements that include low-flow sinks and toilets and a geothermal heat pump system, opened in the fall of 2010.

Frigid temperatures led to both a power failure that left the school without heat on Feb. 18 and a burst water pipe that caused flooding in one portion of the school Feb. 20, according to Sherrie A. Johnson, a spokeswoman for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Chapel Forge Early Childhood Education Center in Bowie; Northview Elementary School in Bowie and Benjamin Fulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Suitland were also closed due to heat and electrical issues Feb. 20, according to Johnson.

Obama Elementary was closed on both days, and Johnson wrote in an email that the issues were resolved and officials don’t expect further problems.

But further maintenance issues weren’t really a concern for Love. Instead, she wanted to know how the school would make up the class time the students lost due to the closures.

School administrators declined to comment, directing all inquiries to the school system’s communications office.

Johnson said that individual schools don’t make up class time lost due to emergency closures like the ones at Obama Elementary.

“It’s a great school, I just don’t understand while they’re having heating issues when it’s a newer school,” said Tonya Fellrath of Upper Marlboro, whose son, Alex, is in the fifth grade.

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Parents seek answers after Upper Marlboro principal resigns.

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Parents are demanding answers after management and personality conflicts at Clinton Christian School in Upper Marlboro led to the principal’s resignation earlier this month.

Former principal Carlos Williams said school president Steve Layne gave him a written warning Nov. 20 about creating a hostile work environment. Williams said the warning came after he reprimanded a teacher for tardiness and expelled a student who consistently failed to wear his school uniform.

Williams said he was forced to resign Jan. 2 after Layne demanded he sign a “corrective action plan” without ample time to consult his attorney. The plan, which Layne gave him Dec. 29, severely limited Williams’ role at the school, according to Williams, who first became principal in August 2011.

“At that point it was too much harassment and too much damage had been done that it was practically impossible to return,” Williams said. “I never want to leave families in the middle of the year, but it left me no choice.”

Layne, who is also the pastor of Life Church in Upper Marlboro, said the school could not comment publicly on any matter related to a staff member’s employment.

“Legally we’re not permitted to give the details of any personnel issue, which makes it difficult to alleviate some of the particular concerns the parents might have,” Layne said.

Victoria Davis, 48, of Clinton, the mother of a second-grader, said the sudden departure of the principal disturbed her.

“Mr. Williams was very hands-on,” Davis said. “He was always there in the morning, letting the kids in, directing traffic, different things. He was very visible.”

She said Layne would not meet with the school’s Parent Teacher Fellowship to address concerns and parents have had trouble arranging one-on-one meetings.

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