UPPER MARLBORO — District 4 Board of Education Member Patricia Eubanks announced her resignation from her position on Sept. 24 after serving on the board for eight years throwing the entire District in yet another disarray.
Eubank’s officially submitted her resignation letter to the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education on Sept. 19. She had been a member since 2010, and her current term was set to expire in December 2020.
Her resignation was effective September 30, 2019.
Despite the cloud of suspicion which met with its new Chief Executive Officer and the spirit of optimism that spawned the beginning of the new school year despite many issues surrounding public corruption, the shroud of controversy surrounding education in Prince George’s County continues. The Prince George’s County Board of Education is now looking for new representation in District 4 after questions were raised about the current representative lives.
Representative Patricia Eubanks was forced to step down from her post when Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks asked for her resignation after concerns were raised about her residency. Maryland law requires that the County’s school board members live in the district they represent. However, there is ambiguity regarding how long a board member has to live away from their district before having to forfeit the position.
“As a long-term resident of Prince George’s County, I look forward to the continued development of our school system under the stewardship of the board of education and Dr. Monica Goldson’s administrative leadership,” she said in her resignation letter. “I wish the board, Dr. Goldson and you continued success as you work together collaboratively to provide the children of our county the highest quality education possible.”
Eubanks expressed that it was a pleasure working with her colleagues on the board. One of the highlights included collaborating with educators to implement the Family Institute, which is an innovative initiative designed to enhance parenting skills among families and facilitate their ability to navigate the school system.
While Eubanks thanked the board of education and the school system for the opportunity to work with them, she did not give a specific reason why she is leaving her position so abruptly and is not taking media interviews at this time.
“I am pleased with the contribution that I was able to make to our effort to improve customer service, responses to stakeholders and our school system’s approach to addressing mental health issues among our students and employees,” she continued in her resignation letter.
“I also place high value on the role that I was able to play in working with colleagues as the board worked through very complex board reorganizations and changes in the leadership of the school system.”
Board of Education Chair Alvin Thornton who is running the Board under suspicious circumstances involving public corruption, thanked Eubanks. He extended her appreciation for the advanced notice of her resignation, her decade of service and “the sustained, dedicated and diverse service that you provided to the people of Prince George’s County and Maryland.” The Washington Post reports Eubanks acknowledged to board chairman Alvin Thornton she had lived out of the district for a time before moving back.
“Members of the Board of Education and I enjoyed working with you and appreciate the contributions that you made to the education of our students,” Thornton continued.
Now that Eubanks has stepped down, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks will appoint a new member to take her place.
The Prince George’s County Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected by the public to serve each of the nine school districts in the county. Four other members, including the board chair, are appointed by the county executive to serve four-year terms. The student member is elected by the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments.
Although Eubanks’ position was an elected position, if a board member resigns, the county executive has the right to appoint someone to replace them.
Alsobrooks said she plans to appoint a new member by mid-October. The person she selects will serve the remainder of Eubank’s term through December 2020.
“I would like to thank Patricia for her service to the citizens of Prince George’s County over the last eight years,” Alsobrooks said. “I appreciate her commitment to the education of our children and all that she helped our school system accomplish during her time as a member of the Board of Education.”
As a member of the board of education, Eubanks has been an advocate for the PGCPS Family Institute and has also advocated for the implementation of a department that tracks, reports and trains PGCPS employees on the importance of excellent customer service.
In addition to her service on the board, Eubanks has been active in the community in other roles.
She has been a member of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) and the National School Board Association (NSBA).
As a member of Koinonia Congregation in Washington, D.C., she was part of the Pastoral Advisory Committee, the Single Parents Ministry and the Ministry of Helps. In 2001, she started an organization called My Opportunity To Help Everyone Resource, or M.O.T.H.E.R., to assist families.
Eubanks resignation letter does not mention the reason for her departure. She never went into specific details about her residency. Instead, she chose to delay any further comments involving the questions we had paused for her by saying, “When the time is right, I will tell my story. I thank you for them, but I won’t comment on any of them at the moment. For me timing is everything, and I won’t answer if I don’t feel I should right now. When I do talk about the school system…..”
Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is currently being run under a cloud of corruption. One resident who worked in PGCPS shared her thoughts through the blogs and stated the following…. “Monica Goldson, has been involved in several illegal acts of contract fraud, sole source awards of multi-millions, in bids and anyone who got in her way or refused to participate were fired. The Union Presidents Theresa Dudley, Doris Ried and Hugh Wheather are paid to through cases, miss deadlines, ignore evidence and more importantly, ignore their own Union Bylaws. God help you if you read the Bylaws, supported by facts! They skip the “argue process” phase and go straight to “pound the table” in an attempt to intimidate not the Board but the members. The PGCPS is a stepping stone to a political career of corruption and our lawmakers and enforcers like Ms Alsobrooks knew and allowed it for years. Ms. Alsobrooks stated, Fraud in PGCPS is Not A Crime! I didn’t know about you but I thought Fraud was illegal every and and anywhere?? Go figure!” she concluded.
District 4 includes the cities of Cheverly, Bladensburg, Landover, Capitol Heights, Hyattsville and Glenarden. There are 29 schools in the area centrally located inside the County. The schools consists of such schools as Beacon Heights Elementary School, Bladensburg Elementary and High Schools, Glenn Dale Elementary School, Thomas Johnson Middle School, Charles H. Flowers High School, Fairmont Heights High School and Dodge Park Elementary School.