FROM THE EDITOR: Sometimes the PGCPS PR Department doesn’t try to do their job

Earlier today subscribers to updates from the PGCPS Board of Education received the following email from Henry Armwood:

On Monday, August 20, we will kick off the 2012-13 school year. I am excited about what this year has in store for students and families.Our county schools are moving in the right direction, both inside and outside of the classroom.  Elementary and middle school performance on the Maryland School Assessment have greatly improved since 2008 in math and reading. Our Secondary School Reforminitiative will expand to more schools this year to fulfill our goal of preparing students for college and careers.

Enjoy these last few days of summer vacation. I hope to see you at the Back to School Fair on Saturday, August 18. If you have any questions, feel free to reach me at henry.armwood@pgcps.org.

Best,

Henry Armwood, Board Member, District 7

P.S. Be sure to take advantage of Maryland Tax Free Week, which starts this week.

Then we received the following email from Vice Chair Peggy Higgins:

On Monday, August 20, we will kick off the 2012-13 school year. I am excited about what this year has in store for students and families. Our county schools are moving in the right direction, both inside and outside of the classroom. Elementary and middle school performance on the Maryland School Assessment have greatly improved since 2008 in math and reading. Our Secondary School Reforminitiative will expand to more schools this year to fulfill our goal of preparing students for college and careers.

Enjoy these last few days of summer vacation. I hope to see you at the Back to School Fair on Saturday, August 18. If you have any questions, feel free to reach me at peggy.higgins@pgcps.org.

Best,

Peggy Higgins, LCSW-C, BOE Vice Chair, District 2

P.S. Be sure to take advantage of Maryland Tax Free Week, which starts this week.

Notice anything? Yep they are exactly the same!

Subscribers also received identical emails from Carolyn Boston, Amber Waller, and Rosalind Johnson.

Someone would have to explain to us how a 13 person department, four of whom directly are responsible for communications or outreach, couldn’t write specific updates for these board members tailored directly to the communities they represent. In fact maybe someone can inform us why the board members themselves, who should have insight about changes coming to schools in their area. Peggy Higgins for instance represents Greenbelt. Middle school students at Greenbelt Middle School are going into a new $32 million dollar building this fall. No mention of that in her letter. Rosalind Johnson is stepping down from the Board of Education in December. This fall will be the last school opening for her. No mention of that in her letter.

We know there are some who would say give the Board credit. Patricia Eubanks, Verjeana Jacobs, and Edward Burroughs didn’t even send welcome back letters. However this is not even trying.

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