County Executive


Prince George's County, Maryland

TOMORROW: County Executive Baker Joins Governor Martin O’Malley and PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell for First Day of School in Prince George’s County


For Immediate Release: 8/25/2014 5:50 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson, Deputy Manager of Communications, Press Secretary, (240) 619-9400

Upper Marlboro, MD – Tomorrow Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will welcome more than 126,000 students from 147 different countries to its 208 schools and centers for the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.  Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker will visit three Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) during the first day of school in the County and will join Governor Martin O’Malley and PGCPS CEO Kevin M. Maxwell at the brand new Edward M. Felegy Elementary School focusing on the arts at 6110 Editors Park Drive in Hyattsville at 11:50 am where they will serve lunch to the students and tour this new LEED Gold certified building.  

“Dr. Maxwell, the Board of Education and the faculty and staff of our school system have worked diligently to get our schools ready for what I’m sure will be an exciting and productive 2014-2015 school year,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  “Our objective is to build a great school system for the families of Prince George County.  So as we start the new school year, I am urging everyone to work together and get involved in our schools and support our young scholars.  We need everyone to get excited about our schools and I am looking forward to a new school year.  Every day our schools are helping over 126,000 young scholars find their path.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and make our schools the best they can be for our children.   If we work together, I am confident that we can make them ”Great By Choice.”

In the 2014-2015 school year, PGCPS, Maryland’s second-largest school system will implement first-time programs at select schools including International Baccalaureate (IB) for primary, middle and diploma years, expand French and Spanish Immersion programs and introduce a new Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Career Academy. Alongside these highly-anticipated additions there are expansions in all-day pre-Kindergarten in key “Transforming Neighborhood Initiative” areas. As part of a system-wide initiative to boost graduations rates, online credit recovery will now be available at all high schools. Over 800 new teachers and 30 new principals were welcomed over the summer to join with existing staff and community partners in continuing to transform PGCPS into a world-class school district.

County Executive Baker First Day of School Schedule:

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
County Executive Baker to join PGCPS Board of Education Vice Chair Carolyn Boston and Secretary of State John P. McDonough at William Paca Elementary School, a Prince George’s County Department of Corrections Pencil Box project location.

William Paca Elementary School
7801 Sheriff Rd.
Landover, MD

10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
County Executive Baker to join PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell as Doswell E. Brooks Elementary School in Capitol Heights.

Doswell E. Brooks Elementary School
1301 Brooke Road,
Capitol Heights, MD

11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
County Executive Baker to join Governor Martin O’Malley and PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell to serve lunch and tour the new Edward M. Felegy Elementary School in Hyattsville

Edward M. Felegy Elementary School
6110 Editors Park Drive
Hyattsville, MD

1:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
County Executive Baker to visit William Wirt Middle School in the Bladensburg/East Riverdale Transforming Neighborhood Initiative community to highlight the need for more school construction money and investment.

William Wirt Middle School
6200 Tuckerman Street
Riverdale Park, MD

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