first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comWhen the residents of Prince George’s boldly advocated for one of their own to become the full time Chief Executive Officer of the school system, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks had no choice but to listen.And she did.The interim title was officially removed from Dr. Monica Goldson’s position when she was named the Chief Executive Officer of the state’s second largest school system June 18 after steadying its course following the resignation of Dr. Kevin Maxwell for almost one year.  She claims to be the first woman native of the County to lead the school system in more than 100 years.After a nationwide search, native Prince Georgian Dr. Monica Goldson was selected as CEO for Prince George’s County Public Schools. (Courtesy Photo) “She has a complete and comprehensive understanding of our school system,” Alsobrooks said, while making the formal announcement. She added that this broad experience gives Goldson, “a 360-degree view of our system.”Maxwell was forced to resign after leading PGCPS for five tumultuous years. His tenure was marked by scandal and inefficiency that led to losing grant funding and being publicly admonished by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan with three years left on his contract.  However, Maxwell left with a severance package of almost $800,000.“I started out as a teacher, and I’m a CEO,” Goldson said following Alsobrooks’ announcement. As state law required, Prince George’s County conducted a national pursuit led by the H.Y.A search firm where 20 candidates were vetted for the position. A three-person committee appointed by Gov. Hogan narrowed the list to three finalists who were then interviewed by Alsobrooks. The other candidates and Goldson were selected from that list.In May a public forum was held at Flowers High School where residents of the County were given the chance to address Alsobrooks and the search firm that was charged with the task of establishing the list of finalists.  Most of the residents who spoke during the gathering, which lasted almost three hours, said familiarity with the PGCPS was the most important factor that should be considered for its next CEO.  They had grown weary of outsiders running the system and were looking for a candidate who had a vested interest in leading it for more than just a great salary. They also stressed the importance of transparency when dealing with issues facing students and their families. “As I worked through this process, the only issue that I worried about was having to tell children that if someone else was selected, they aren’t good enough to lead a district such as this, because I’m cut from the same cloth they’re cut from,” Goldson said.Goldson is a native of the County who has been working in the school system for four decades.  Her career began as a teacher at Suitland High School and ascended to principal at Frederick Douglass and Henry Wise High Schools.  Goldson also had been the school system’s Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning before taking over as the interim CEO last July. Her formal education began at Barnaby Manor Elementary School before attending John Hanson Junior High and Potomac High Schools.  Goldson’s children are reportedly enrolled in PGCPS schools. “She was our choice before she was your choice,” said Alvin Thornton, chairman of the PGCPS School Board in response to Alsobrooks remarks and said that the board hoped Goldson would be selected. The final contract will be negotiated with the Prince George’s County Board of Education then vetted by the Maryland State Department of Education. It is expected to be finalized by June 30, which is the day Goldson’s interim appointment officially ends.“[The] challenges [facing the PGCPS] can be overcome if we all come together,” Goldson concluded.last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   The Rams are now THE youngest team in the NFL, and yet they are expected to be decidedly improved.Second-year players Michael Brockers (DT) and Janoris Jenkins (CB) are back as starters. Rookies Alec Ogletree (OLB) and TJ McDonald (FS) are in the opening-day lineup. And the dude with the greatest upside on the Rams roster is third-year defensive end Robert Quinn, who has 15.5 career sacks and is still just 22 years old.Young, hungry and growing. That sums up Jeff Fisher’s St. Louis Rams. Could they stub their toe in 2013? Absolutely. But most agree that it’s not likely. And then in 2014? Watch out.I’m not sure what was planted in NFC West soil three years ago, but the division has developed into the most fertile real estate in the league. The Cardinals may have sniffed out the right direction, but their division rivals have a two-year head start. So, you’re a Cardinal fan.You want to believe that the team’s newest direction is the right direction: A new head coach with a track record as an assistant for winning; a more aggressive offensive plan; a new quarterback; and a bright young general manager who’s already made more shrewd moves in one offseason than the previous regime had in five.But no matter how excited you want to be for the future of your Arizona Cardinals, wherever you turn some NFL analyst is popping up on radio or television to remind you that the two best teams in the NFC are your division rivals, San Francisco and Seattle. And if that isn’t bad enough, they then remind you how these two teams are only going to get better as young quarterbacks Colin Kapernick and Russell Wilson develop. And if THAT weren’t bad enough, then you have to hear that the St. Louis Rams could have the brightest future of all the teams in the NFC West. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What the hell happened? Three years ago, Seattle won this division with a 7-9 record. Now, finding wins in the NFC West is like finding a comfortable spot for a picnic in Syria.Ok, so the Niners and Hawks are good. That much is obvious. But the Rams? Surely, they’re not ready to join the league’s elite. Right?Wrong.Never underestimate the addition of an elite head coach. During his first season on the job, Jeff Fisher coached one of the youngest teams in football to a 5.5 game improvement. Plus, the Rams finished a division-best 4-1-1 against NFC West opponents. In one year under Fisher, the Rams improved from 22nd overall defensively to 14th. They went from 31st against the run to 15th. And they improved from 14th in the league in sacks to first. That’s right: First. And they did this with a front four that is so young, 27-year old defensive end Chris Long is the old guy. Now Long knows what Donnie Wahlberg must have felt like for all those years.Offensively, similar leaps occurred for the Rams in 2012. Total offense — 31st to 23rd. Passing — 30th to 18th. Rushing — 23rd to 19th. And this fall, the team has added rookie sensation Tayvon Austin and a former Pro-Bowl left tackle in Jake Long. No wonder experts are claiming Bradford will finally have his breakout year. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more