New interim PGCPS CEO eliminates 20 central office positions in first week on job

Dr. Monica Goldson (ABC7)

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker calls it "a new chapter" for schools in his county after the resignation of former CEO Kevin Maxwell due to mounting controversies.

On Monday, Baker formally announced a new interim schools CEO who has already made changes to the central office.

Dr. Monica Goldson, on the job five days, has launched what she calls a "listening and learning tour.”

“We have to regain the trust of our community and our parents. In order to do that, we have to do what we say we're going to do. People have to know that I'm going to hold people accountable for their actions. And that our focus is always going to be on children,” Goldson said.

Her predecessor, Maxwell, announced in May he would resign after a series of controversies that included alleged grade fixing by staff to help students graduate and improper pay raises for executive level staff.

That central office is already getting a shakeup. Goldson informed about 20 of those staffers their positions are being eliminated and she will redirect the savings back to schools.

“This is somebody I've known and watched her grow in the school system for the last 15 years,” Baker said. “And so I think at this time we need someone who knows the school system but is not afraid to change it.”

Goldson has two sons; one attends Oxon Hill High School. She herself attended county schools and began her career at Suitland High School as a math teacher.

She would later become a principal, later chief operating officer and most recently deputy superintendent of teaching and learning.

“I have been in PGCPS for 27 years. I have never desired to go anywhere else,” Goldson said.

“Right now, morale in the system is extremely low, extremely low,” said Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel Executive Director Doris Reed. “And we need someone who can come in and has the trust and respect of the employees that will really work with her and I think she's gonna do it.”

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