Minutes January 29, 2013

​Meeting Minutes/Notes for Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:30 p.m.


 Members Present Dr. Segun Eubanks, Chair
Aimee Olivo
Dr. Donnette T. Dais
Betsy Ramirez
M. H. Jim Estepp
Kathleen Teaze
Heather Iliff
Bridgette Blue Laney
 Members Not Present Desiree Griffin-Moore
Dr. Leslie T Fenwick
Keith Singletary
Dr. Donna L. Wiseman
 Staff Betty Hager Francis
Mary Lou Anton
Christian Rhodes

Call to Order

Chair Eubanks called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Eubanks asked if there were any comments regarding the November 27, 2012 minutes. No changes were made; Mr. Estepp made a motion to accept the minutes, and Dr. Dais seconded the motion

Adoption of Agenda




Old Business

  • Transforming Neighborhoods’ Initiative Focus
  • The County Executive’s focus is on those indicators provided by the Commission to improve the quality of life in the TNI communities.
  • The Commission will provide guidance to Mr. Baker so that the gaps pertaining to public safety and education can be filled.
  • Upgrading or adding additional libraries and security around TNI school areas could prove beneficial.
  • Chair Eubanks stated that they will look at school systems across the entire County, but Mr. Baker’s primary focus is for recommendations pertaining to the schools within TIN areas.
  • Mr. Rhodes stated that Prince George’s County has a Grants’ Program and extra points are given for those grants identified within TNI areas.
  • EDI gives extra grant points for bringing businesses to TNI areas.
  • Students inside TNI zones are going outside of their particular school area.
  • The Commission needs to pare down the issues within the TNI communities and identify a couple of strategic topics to focus on.
  • Tutoring/mentoring by advanced students could help those grades needing improvement.
  • See if Internships are available through the Maryland State School Program.
  • Student Internships - students get paid through the summer months by assisting/tutoring other students demonstrating a particular need.
  • See if Student-Based Funding is available.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Innovation Cloud can help push/assist students through high school and help with college preparedness.
  • Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant ($500,000) for Langley Park-TNI is written into this grant.
  • Maryland and Prince George’s County were awarded a Launch Grant – TNI is written into the grant; Family Services is in charge of this grant.
  • County is working with Lockheed Martin for assistance with student education by creating access to STEM related materials and activities.
  • Look at the possibility of opening schools 24-7; having libraries and gyms accessible, IT equipment available, and provide shifts (using volunteers) for tutoring.
  • Check to see if students could be issued universal identification cards.
  • Provide a bus system for students; this could ease parental concerns about walking to/from, or having to use public transportation.

New Business:

  • 2013 Legislative Session The link for the General Assembly listing Bills for Prince George’s County is listed below.
  •  http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/hb/hb0207f.pdf
  • http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/hb/hb0229f.pdf
  • http://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com/legislation/bill-history?local=PG%20419-13 ( click on-Read bill text in rich-text or PDF format)
  •  http://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com/legislation/bill-history?local=PG%20411-13 (click on -Read bill text in rich-text or PDF format)
  • Christian Rhodes advised that House Bill 229 is Governor O’Malley’s Bill.
  • The Governor has requested the County Executive to take the lead and get this bill passed.
  • Mr. Baker may ask a member of the Commission to testify on behalf of this bill.
  • The County Executive wants a recommendation from the Commission to either support, or not support this bill.
  • Chair Eubanks requested a synopsis of this bill be provided to him.
  • Ms. Francis requested that a form be created by the Commission to provide their recommendations to the County Executive.
  • Christian Rhodes stated that he would email the bill to Commission members.
  • Chair Eubanks will provide the Commission’s recommendation to Christian Rhodes.
  • Joint Commission Meeting with Board of Education - Debriefing
    • The consensus among Commission members is that the Board is willing to partner with them, and they welcome any assistance the County can provide.
    • A reporter from the Washington Post attended the meeting.
    • Chair emphasized to Board their only mission is to review school performance, discover gaps in education and make recommendations to County Executive on how to bring TNI schools into alignment.
    • The Chair and the School Board Chair will meet again in the near future.
    • The Chair also stressed the importance of the Commission presenting a unified front.
  • Public Engagement
    • Chair Eubanks recommended that the Public Engagement subcommittee should meet prior to the proposed February 19th meeting.
    • Chair requested recommendations for getting the message out regarding public awareness.
    • Advise exactly what the Commission’s role is in the County and their responsibility to the County Executive.
    • Take notes and bring complaints/suggestions for improving education back to the full Commission. Also, ask if there is anything they think is working, needs improvement, or would like to added to their school’s curriculum.

Public Comment - Two(2) Minutes Per Person


Next Meeting

February 19,2012 NOTE: Do not remove the scheduled February 26 meeting from your calendar until it’s determined whether or not the additional meeting will be necessary.