Thursday, August 11, 2011
After a five-year stint working in Howard County schools, Edgar Batenga returned to the school that was once the rival of his own alma mater.
Edgar Batenga, Northwestern High School’s new principal, met the parents of some of the students he will be overseeing starting later this month. He offered them hope tempered with truth: it’s going to be a challenging year. “My desire is to open up more programs and dance is one of them,” Batenga said during a meeting held Wednesday evening at Nicholas Orem Middle School. “One of my biggest priorities is to get more money from our … delegates. Some academic classes this year will have 30-some students, while some electives likely will have more than 40. “It’s a strain,” he said. “I’m squeezing. I’m squeezing all the resources.” Batenga, a graduate of High Point High School in Beltsville, replaces Jerome Thomas, who left earlier this …
Superintendent William Hite Jr. introduced Amber Waller (Dist. 3), who lauded new initiatives in county schools and dubbed the principals, “unsung heroes.”
Prince George's County School Board Member Amber Waller (Dist. 3) introduced parents in her district to some of her schools’ principals Wednesday evening at Nicholas Orem Middle School. Superintendent William Hite Jr. introduced Waller, who lauded new initiatives in county schools and dubbed the principals, “unsung heroes.” “They go the extra mile,” she said. Here are some photos from the evening.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Parents of schools in Hyattsville, University Park and Lewisdale can meet with Dist. 3 School Board Member Amber Waller before the start of the school year.
Parents can meet District 3 School Board Member Amber Waller at a meet-and-greet event on Aug. 10 to voice concerns and get answers to questions about the school year. Waller will host the event at Orem Middle School off East-West Highway in Hyattsville at 7:30 p.m. Principals from district 3 schools will be on hand as well as the instructional directors. Interested members of the community should call 301-952-6239 by Monday, August 8, to RSVP to attend the event. For information on Board District 3, visit the website at www1.pgcps.org/board/waller/
Friday, October 15, 2010
An Oct. 14 meeting of the Board of Education had parents and school board members expressing concerns over student performance and the state of Talented and Gifted programs.
Parents and school board officials' frustrations boiled over during a four-hour Oct. 14 Board of Education meeting. Schools Superintendent William Hite restated his goal to have every student in Prince George's County Public Schools career- and college-ready by 2017, but the attendees' consensus was that the school system has a long way to go. "We're spending so much money targeting here and there, and I'm trying to see what we're getting out of it. Where are the trends trending positive?" said board member Rosalind Johnson. Johnson's statement followed a PowerPoint presentation by Dwayne Arbogast, chief education officer, on student academic performance. Arbogast noted a slight dip in overall SAT scores: 22.7 percent of county students …