CEO Kevin Maxwell to depart PGCPS – officials say

CEO KEVIN MAXWELL ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM PGCPS

UPPER MARLBORO, MD - In a message to employees, parents, and community members, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell today announced his plans to transition from Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) after the current school year. Dr. Maxwell began leading PGCPS on August 1, 2013 and was the first CEO/Superintendent in more than a decade to receive a second contract.

The Board of Education will establish a plan and timeline for the transition and search for a new CEO/Superintendent.

Dr. Maxwell returned to Prince George's County to serve the community he has lived in since childhood. As CEO, Dr. Maxwell has focused on arts integration, language immersion, environmental literacy and increasing student safety and supports. Under his leadership, PGCPS has significantly increased student enrollment and expanded access to full-day prekindergarten, dual enrollment programs, specialty offerings and opportunities in higher education and the workplace.

Dr. Maxwell began his career nearly 40 years ago as a teacher at Crossland High School, where he served for more than two decades, before moving to Buck Lodge Middle School and Northwestern High School. Throughout his career, Dr. Maxwell has focused on raising student achievement, increasing student participation in rigorous coursework and engaging state, county and local stakeholders.

Dr. Maxwell previously served as Superintendent for Anne Arundel County Public Schools from 2006 to 2013.

Dr. Maxwell emailed the following message to the PGCPS community today:

Dear Prince George’s County Public Schools Community,

I proudly came back to Prince George’s County Public Schools in 2013 with a singular goal: to prepare our students for success in higher education, the workplace and community.

With your support and collaboration, we celebrated many achievements, expanded program offerings and drew many families back to our schools. I remain proud of the great teaching and learning that happens every day in our classrooms. I am excited about the opportunities that await our students when they leave our schools.

However, I have decided to focus on my transition from Prince George’s County Public Schools. The numerous distractions that have occurred over the course of this school year are unlike anything I’ve experienced in four decades of working in public education. Without question, they have taken a toll on students, families and staff. It is clear that whoever becomes the next County Executive plans to make a leadership change and I want to ensure a smooth transition for the 2018-2019 academic year.

I will work with the Prince George’s County Board of Education on a plan to continue student progress and achievement. My Administration will focus on ending this school year on a strong note.

It has been my privilege to lead Prince George’s County Public Schools in service to children and families. I will always wish the PGCPS community every success.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D.


PRINCE GEORGE'S CO., Md. - Three Board of Education members have released another letter, sent to the County Executive on Thursday, detailing the possibility of more unauthorized raises within the central office.

The letter, signed by Edward Burroughs III, Raaheela Ahmed, and David Murray, claims that an audit revealed that CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell approved 9.4 percent 16 percent increases for select individuals in the central office.

They claim these are different from the raises they pointed out in a letter earlier this month, which detailed raises of up to 36 percent given to Dr. Maxwell's executive cabinet members between 2013 and 2017.

According to state law, Dr. Maxwell has the authority to set and hire the salaries of those in his executive cabinet. In Thursday's letter, the board members claim that these new raises do not include employees in his executive cabinet.

"It’s very frustrating, it looks the Superintendent believes this is his personal money, that he can just send out raises to whomever he pleases, and we’re talking tax dollars and a school system not a private corporation," says Burroughs.

The letter explains that the new unauthorized salary increases went to individuals on the Management and Executive Scales, which usually mirrors the scales used by employees of the ASASP union (the union for principals and assistant principals).

Burroughs says the last salary increase approved by the Board of Education for individuals on the Executive and Management Scales was two percent.

A spokesperson for PGCPS says the raises detailed in Thursday's letter were not unauthorized and that the audit process is not complete yet. Once it is, it will go through a review and Dr. Maxwell will then brief the board.